Reaching postmoderns through artBy Carol Pipes
The professors syllabusPreparation
for the postmodern midterm... overview of this cultures morals, language and
enemys strategy...Professor McEvils cribsheet or principles for relating to
Reaching postmoderns through art...how one church uses a gallery
postcards...successful ideas from other churches
Mission resources... strategies, videos, books and websites to help you reach
Bardstown Road in Louisville, Kentucky, feels like a small town with its
sense of community and creative spirit. The sights and smells coming from its
off-beat shops and eclectic restaurants are a smorgasbord for the senses. The
area, known as the Highlands, is recognized for its postmodern subculture and
Daniel and Mandy Montgomery have pioneered the Highlands with a new church
start begun through Southern Seminarys Church Planting Center and the North
American Mission Boards Nehemiah Project. The church, called Sojourn, offers
refuge to seekers and believers alike, who long for a safe place where they can
find answers to tough questionsa place where arguing is allowed and
The Sojourns art gallery fits in among the Highlands artistic
Were reaching after people with a postmodern mindset, says Daniel, a master
of divinity student from Marietta, Georgia. Were looking at reaching people who
normally would never even go into a church.
Daniel and Mandy are exploring outlets for cultural evangelismengaging the
culture with the gospel in ways the culture understands. A major outlet for the
church is through an art gallery in a Highlands storefront.
We offer a venue for up-and-coming local artists to show their work,
explains Mandy. We help hang their art, we promote the event and even cater it.
Most of the artists they show are non-Christians and so are most of the people
who come to each show.
Its all about developing and nurturing relationships, explains Mandy. We
keep in touch with many of the artists who had their first showing in our
gallery, and now they are showing in New York. Not only are we cultivating the
relationship with them, but our sphere of influence grows as they move on.
Most people who come to the gallery grow curious when they find out its
operated by the church. People who wouldnt normally visit a church will come to
the gallery and then start asking questions about this unusual group of people
called Christians. Weve had several people visit the church because they came
to an artists exhibit, says Mandy.
In the past theyve had seeker Bible studies, philosophy studies and literary
studies. They are starting a new seeker study soon.
At our past seeker studies it was not uncommon for people to argue about
something in the Bible and even get up and leave during the middle of a
discussion. At one of our recent seeker studies, we had four out of six people
Carol Pipes is managing editor of On Mission.
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