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• Great for individual or group use • Includes provocative discussion questions and practical action steps • Features four-color art plates and literary quotes

It’s not easy being an Artist in the church.

But whatever your passion—music, visual art, drama, dance, writing, technical arts—you can not only survive, but thrive. And the rewards far outweigh the pressures of weekly services, artistic differences, and relational conflicts. After all, where else could you consistently make a contribution of eternal significance, experience deep community with other artists, and grow closer to God as a result?

Thriving as an Artist in the Church is a practical guide, full of wisdom and pastoral guidance, that will help you surmount the obstacles and flourish in your ministry. It’s packed with examples, discussion questions, personal action steps, and mega-doses of encouragement. Most important, it tackles the real-life issues every artist in the church has to deal with:

• Sustaining passion • Developing key relational skills

• Dealing with rejection and failure • Cultivating confidence

• Resolving artistic differences

• And much more!

Written by an artist for artists, this book will help make your ministry experience sustainable and life-giving so you can fall in love with the church all over again.A composer, songwriter, author, and speaker, Rory is a graduate of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University and served for twenty years as music director at Willow Creek Community Church.

About the Author

Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church (www.heartoftheartist.org). A songwriter, speaker, church leader, and consultant, Rory is also the author of three books, all published by Zondervan: The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team, Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help For You and Your Ministry Team, and The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship. Rory currently serves part-time as Pastor of Worship at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, contributes regularly to Worship Leader magazine, and also leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory graduated from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University with a degree in theory and composition and served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, I?
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Product Details

  • Series: Willow Creek Resources
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310257328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310257325
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. He leads retreats for artists, speaks at workshops and conferences, mentors worship leaders, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts. Rory currently leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory is Head of the Worship Department at Nebraska Christian College where he teaches courses in worship and spiritual formation for artists. He is also a regular contributor to "Worship Leader" magazine and his "Daily Praise Offering" is posted every day at www.heartoftheartist.org. Rory is a published songwriter and has authored four books, all published by Zondervan:

The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team
Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help For You and Your Ministry Team
The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship
Worship on Earth as it is in Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline

Rory earned a Bachelor's Degree in music from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University as well as a Master's Degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He is a trained spiritual director through the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation and has a certificate in spiritual formation from The Transforming Center. Rory served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, for twenty years and most recently as Pastor of Worship for Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Rose on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you do, than this book is for your team or your life.

This book is GREAT for group study or just for personal reading for personal growth. The chapters included: how to keep your passion alive; five relational skills every artist needs; coping with rejection and failure; working through relational conflict; how to develop a genuine "can-do" attitude; cultivating confidence; dealing with your "stuff"; how to survive as a leader in the church; rising above our artistic differences; how to fall in love with your church...and stay there.

Each chapter starts out with a scenario of a real life situation and then uses that example throughout the chapter to help illustrate - very effective and engaging. The scenarios alone have provided hours of disucssion amoung our team members, in an out of class.

Do you ever find yourself in a confrontational situation and don't know what to say? Do you ever find yourself the victim of harsh criticsm; hurt and fuming about it for months or years? Do you ever just wish you could quit and go somewhere else where there aren't so many "issues?" Are you tired of listening to someone's constant negative and critical attitude? Are you struggling with feeling like you can never be good enough? Are you deeply hurt because you were turned down, yet again, for the part that you really wanted? This book will identify with you, lift you up and help you develop a plan and strategy on what to say and how to act, and most importantly, guide you to scriptures that will keep you going.

Even though this book can be well understood in its own standing, the predecessor of this book, "The Heart of the Artist" might be the best place to start.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angie on January 23, 2006
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My artistic team is going through this book right now. It has practical insights, discussion questions and personal action steps. The book has helped my team become more of a team while enriching their Christian journey. We also went through Heart of the Artist by the same author. It is equally good.

There is not much out there for Christian Artists that is practical. Thanks Mr Noland.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2012
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Thriving as an artist in the church by Rory Noland is an excellent book that gives readers a glimpse into the life of an artsist as he or she relates art to ministry. The ultimate message is that the artist's mission in the church should be spreading the gospel ,and that the art is just a means to an end rather than being a focus point in and of itself. He covers musicians, visual artists, media technicians, writers, singers, and the like.The author gives very thorough descriptions of problems in the church concerning the artist and his or her ministry as well as many of the potential emotions involved. Not only does the author explain relatable scenarios concerning these problems but he also gives possible solutions to avoiding offense, envy, selfishness,misguidance, etc. With a quote at the beginning of each chapter and questions at the end of each chapter, the author is able to drive his point home.Noland's approach appears to be fresh, down to earth and often humorous. In the end, the author entices the reader into following him on a journey behind church doors, and into the heart of an artist. As a Christian artist myself, I found the book and the journey very enlightening.

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By amygurlnyc on March 21, 2012
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I had my choir read this book along with Heart of an Artist. We really learned a lot about worship and praise and I would reccomend it to others.
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