If you have the gift of teaching, evangelism, hospitality, or helps, there is a place for you in the Church. If you have administration skills, musical talent, or simply like to serve, there is a place for you in the Church. But if you are an artist, a writer, a poet, or an actor, you're out of luck.
Christians often misunderstand the role of creativity. Few churches get involved in the arts, and as a result, many creative individuals feel separated and alienated from God and His body of believers.
That's how I've been feeling lately -- "separated and alienated." Probably because our church recently studied the topic of spiritual gifts and callings. The funny thing is: It's not ignorance of my calling that alienates me; it's awareness of my calling that alienates me.
I mean, where do writers fit in the Church?
The church needs people to man the nursery, host Bible studies, organize social events, plan outreach opportunities, visit the sick, counsel the hurting, and recycle bulletins. But... poets? Seriously. What practical purpose do poets serve in the local church?
It's a conundrum. On the one hand, if God "calls" some members of His Body to write fiction,
direct theater, sculpt, or paint abstracts, how do those callings practically relate to the local church? If they don't, are we prepared to say that writers, artists, and actors are peripheral to the real mission of God on earth? And if they're not -- if fiction writers actually serve an important role in the Body of Christ -- why isn't there more of a practical place for them?
Mike is a monthly contributor to Novel Journey. He is represented by the rockin' Rachelle Gardner of WordServe Literary. Mike's debut novel, "The Resurrection," is in stores now. You can visit his website at www.mikeduran.com.