Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Rodney W Dempsey
Art, Church, Creativity, Discipleship, Evangelism, Worship
Art and Design | Christianity | History of Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Dugan, Joshua, "An Examination of Art in the American Evangelical Church for the Purpose of Discipleship and Evangelism" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1599.
Christianity, in previous eras, has been the foundation of the art community. But, it has surrendered that role over the past three centuries and with it a significant potion of its influence on culture. In addition the church is not effectively reaching an entire demographic of people, those who would define themselves as creatives and artists, because it has distanced itself from the arts. This paper will research the previous methods employed by the church and the current limitations of art within the American Evangelical church through applied academic research as well as interviews with church leaders and artists. The results of this study provide philosophies and methods by which a church can increase its influence within the community, disciple artists and creatives, and effectively engage both the creative demographic within secular culture with the gospel.