AN OPEN LETTER TO SCRIBES & ARTISANS
Copyright 2017 Theresa Harvard Johnson
As a prophetic scribe and artist, I struggled immensely with my identity as an artisan when I was a young believer. I always felt like no one understood or respected my passion for poetry, spoken word and just the arts in general – especially in the traditional church. I even had a pastor say directly to me: The arts is not real ministry. This is not a throw off, but a common view among some Christian communities. The language in many environments reduce our gifts and callings to outreach events, entertainment, traditional drama groups, holiday festivities and such. They cannot behold its beauty beyond simple, event based expression. And even we, as artists, limit ourselves to such.
It would be years before I would meet a single person who could SEE me, and I mean really SEE IT from a Kingdom perspective. For many of you reading this, you get it. It is a blessing for the artist (in the Western world) to live in this dispensation of the Gospel. Why? Because it is our time – especially in apostolic and prophetic communities. God has begun awakening congregations to the truths that many of us have carried within us for years… and our path is easing up, and coming into clearer focus.
Our next worship service is Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 11am - 1:30pm EST. Our services are open to everyone and especially those who believe they have been called to scribal ministry (poetry, spoken word, writing, storytelling, administration, speaking, etc.) and the worship arts. We are committed to helping you grow deeper in your relationship with Christ; explore your unique calling & purpose; learn about God's heart and purpose for worship and creativity; and embrace healing, restoration and victory in your life.
We meet at the Doubletree Atlanta Northlake, 4156 Lavista Road, Tucker, Georgia 30303. Feel free to bring your worship tools - paints, easels, notebooks, pens, etc. Need more information, contact us.
Join us for IMMERSION BIBLE STUDY on Tuesdays @ 8PM EST via video conference w/Apostle Theresa Harvard Johnson. We are building biblical foundations through revelatory teaching that roots scribes, artists and worshippers in the most important commands given to us by Christ: Loving God and Loving His people. For an overview of our current series and details on how to connect with this free call, CLICK HERE.
John 16:33 ASV, "These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Are you experiencing or have experienced trauma in your life - spiritual abuse, a terminal diagnosis, sickness or chronic pain, the loss of a child or loved one (murder, sickness, etc.), domestic abuse (spousal, children), sexual trauma, abortion guilt, psychological diagnosis, sexual assault, extreme guilt, etc.? This unique gathering is centered exclusively on giving you access to the tools needed for moving forward!
The Conference will be held Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29, 2017 in the Metro Atlanta. Scholarships are available. To register, visit the EVENT SITE.