The Indianapolis conference ran June 3-5, 2016.

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All three days of the Creative Church Conference Indianapolis featured loads of inspiration, prayer, and encouragement for artists, church leaders and arts ministers, with practical, creative ideas on ministry and open discussions where attendees could explore what it looks like to love God and people through the arts in your church.

We designed this conference to be not only a unique time of gathering ideas and inspiration from creative leaders, discovering resources, and sharing with peers, but also a time of spiritual and mental refreshing. In addition to the many valuable workshops, there were opportunities each day to take a creative break in the Creative Room, connect with other attendees, or get specific prayer.

Here is what the Indianapolis schedule looked like:

CreativeChurch Arts Conference Indianapolis Schedule

Friday, June 3, 2016

8:30am-9:30am              Registration/ Prayer Appointments

9:30am- 10:45am            Session One—J. Scott McElroy–The State of the Arts in the Church

10:45am-11:00am            Break

11:00am-12:00pm           Session Two—Jason Leith–The Saddleback Visual Arts Ministry Story

12:00pm-1:30pm             Lunch Break

1:30pm-2:30pm               Choice of:

  • Workshops
  • Peer Round Table Discussion
  • Creative Room
  • Prayer Rooms

2:30pm-2:45pm                Break

2:45pm-3:45pm                Choice of:

3:45pm-4:00pm                 Break

4:00pm-5:00pm                 Session 3–Panel Discussion–Art and Creativity that Involves the Congregation— Speakers include Kyle Ragsdale, Jason Leith, Jessie Nilo, J. Scott McElroy and others.

5:00pm-7:45pm                  Dinner Break/ Field Trip to First Friday at the acclaimed Harrison Center for the Arts! Tour the five galleries and open artist studios.

7:45pm–8:00pm               Opening Music— (At Harrison Center)–Jason Barrows

8:00–9:30pm                    Session Four (At Harrison Center)

  • Presentation–Joanna Taft–Insights into the Unique Impact of the Harrison Center
  • Main Session–Cameron Anderson

Saturday, June, 4 2016

8:30am-9:30am                Registration for single day attendees only/ Prayer Appointments

9:30am- 10:45am              Session Five—Jessie Nilo–The Artist as a Work of Art: Leading and Caring for Artists in the Church

10:45am-11:00am              Break

11:00am-12:00pm             Session Six–Luke McElroy–How Technology and the Arts can Work Together

12:00pm-1:30pm               Lunch Break

1:30pm-2:30pm                 Choice of:

2:30pm-2:45pm                 Break

2:45pm-3:45pm                 Choice of:

3:45pm-4:00pm                 Break

4:00pm-5:30pm                 Session Seven–Panel Discussion–How Fostering the Arts and Artists Can Impact Your Local Community –Makoto Fujimura, Joanna Taft, more TBA.

5:30pm-7:30pm                  Dinner Break

7:30pm-8:00pm                 Worship—

8:00-9:30pm                       Session Eight—Makoto Fujimura speaks, followed by a book signing

Sunday, June, 5 2016

On Sunday morning we “take over” both services (9:30 and 11:30) at the Indy Vineyard Community Church. It was a time to dream what it might look like for the arts to be fully integrated into Sunday services, with a healthy dose of experimentation, as well! Makoto Fujimura will contribute to the 11:30 service. Ad Deum Dance Company with perform during both services.

9:30am-11:00am                 Special Arts Service

11:30am-1:00pm                 Special Arts Service

1:00pm-2:00pm                 Q & A with Makoto Fujimura

2:00pm                                  The Conference officially closes

3:30pm                                   Post-Conference Special Event (at Harrison Center for the Arts)–“A Conversation with Makoto Fujimura”                 See more information HERE

3:30pm                                   Post-Conference Special Event ( at Indy Vineyard)–“A Dance Intensive with Ad Deum Dance Company and Randall Flinn”     See more information HERE   


During the conference we explored questions like:  How can we be intentional about giving artists a place in our churches? How can the arts work in outreach?  How can we disciple and encourage them, and avoid burning them out? How can we facilitate true community among artists?How can our churches manage the tension between inclusiveness and excellence in the arts?, and more.

There were opportunities to share and hear different ways churches can embrace the visual arts, film, street art, dances, writing, theater, and much more.

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