Encourage the artists among your congregation to do their best work.  Identify the artistic talents that people in your congregation have, motivate and give them opportunities to develop and use those talents, and coach them to mature so the art they share with others will produce good and lasting results by changing the lives of the people who encounter their art. Let your church be a safe place for artists to take the risks they sense God calling them to take and to learn how to glorify Him more and more through art - both inside your church and outside around your local community's secular venues such as galleries, cafes, publications, and open microphone events. 

Distinguish good art from bad art.  Good art inspires people's souls, but bad art can actually hinder their spiritual journeys if it presents inaccurate impressions of God.  Bad art can display such qualities as garishness, superficiality, cheapness, and triteness. Good art stirs people's senses and points them toward God as the Creator whose qualities are somehow reflected in artistic creations. 

Invite the Holy Spirit to speak through art.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to speak through the art that people in your church create, so that, together, you can discover more about each other and God.  Notice what the Holy Spirit reveals about God's grace to you through art, and thank Him for it. Then let your gratitude motivate you and others in your church to reach out to the surrounding world with art, to represent Christ to people in society and inspire them to seek Him themselves. 

Adapted from For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts, copyright 2010 by W. David O. Taylor. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.bakerbooks.com. 
W. David O. Taylor is an entrepreneurial artist, advocate, and author. He holds a ThM from Regent College and served for eight years as the arts pastor of Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas. He's currently pursuing doctoral studies at Duke Divinity School. 

Publication date: October 28, 2010