Acting For Christ As Acting

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ACTING FOR CHRIST IS ACTING FOR CHRIST ____________________________________ My Philosophy of Ministry Project Presented To Dr. Samuel E. Baker, Ed.D Corban University ___________________________________ In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for: CM303 Philosophy of Ministry __________________________________ By Cassandra Van Slyke Fall - 2014 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction I. The Theology II. The Philosophy III. The Methodology IV. The Culture’s Impact Conclusion Bibliography Introduction There is much to be said about a ministry that is done outside the church. These parachurch organizations are based around the youth culture and how it can be brought back to the Christian mind set. Some of these…show more content…
Theater used in the context of youth ministry is a brilliant strategy for deepening the faith journey of students. This is because art is a reflection of life. It holds a mirror to that which we see everyday and presents it in a different light, bringing forward new messages and changing not only the audience but the performer. Used and approached properly, the performing arts can expand the mind, strengthen the body, and fortify the spirit. This can be done regardless of the production or character being portrayed. In this way youth can see what it is to live in the world and not be of it (John 17:14-18). The Theology A foundational part of the theology behind the theater department at Corban University is the belief that we are created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27). Because of this, we are blessed with many of his characteristics, one of which is creativity (Gen 1). Since we live in a world fallen to sin, we as humans are broken. The brokenness leads to insecurity in our gifts, in our worship and even in our relationships. In participating in a production that reflects the broken nature of humanity and the redemptive power of Christ, students can participate in that creativity and grow in practical understanding of theology (Heb 5:13-14). This approach to a foundation for theater as a ministry is important because it brings us back to the basics of who we are as children of God (John 1:12-13; Phil 2:15). It also reminds us that God is not just within the “box of
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