Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:
"I am an art major and I want to serve overseas. Will my art be helpful in church planting among the unreached?"
We have nine teacher-training colleges established to equip African nationals to be Christian classical teachers. All of them need to be taught art during their three-year college experience. We can use artists!
You could take art classes in overseas and witness to other art students.
You could share the gospel outdoors using art. Draw portraits of people and show on the same picture that good works, church, etc. will not get them to heaven!
"This practical handbook combines real life stories with tested methodologies to create a new paradigm for the role of the arts in Christian ministry and mission. Taking It to the Streets provides a historical perspective and theology for understanding the transforming power of the arts, a vocabulary for discussing the arts outside the sanctuary, and creative methods for turning faith into action in society. An ideal textbook for urban missions and youth ministry courses, Taking It to the Streets will also be a valued resource for churches devoted to creative mission."
You might also contact the ministry Artists in Christian Testimony.
Missions needs people with a diversity of talents and training. The arts, business, health care, education, and other areas all provide avenues into people's lives and opportunities to share Christ.
If missionaries who have a unique ministry like art do not think of themselves as ministers or leaders, they may not realize that others still see them this way. Recognize that local Christians will usually assume you are some type of church leader if you are being paid by your church to be there. And unless you make all your money from selling art, non-Christians will wonder how and why you are living there. I've seen this on the field.
These realities should not keep anyone from pursing a valuable ministry like this, but I'd encourage you to see yourself as a missionary first, an artist second.
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