The Boise conference ran July 28-31, 2016. Watch for the conference videos to be released soon!

 

We enjoyed three and a half days of fellowship, art, encouragement, worship, learning, and connecting with future friends at the Creative Church Conference in Boise. This was an event for artists as well as non-artists, church and community leaders as well as people who aren’t connected in a church or art community. Attendees received the love of God, and soaked in practical, creative ideas on ministering through the arts wherever two or more are gathered in the name of Christ.

We designed this conference to be not only a unique time of gathering ideas and inspiration from creative leaders, discovering resources, and sharing with peers, but also a time of spiritual and mental refreshing. In addition to the many valuable workshops, there were opportunities each day to take a creative break in the VineArts Studio, connect with other attendees, or get specific prayer. From the time attendees registered for the Boise conference, someone was praying specifically for what God has called them to.  We hope that attendees left spiritually energized and full of new ideas and inspiration!

Here is a schedule of the conference timing:

To register for the Boise conference, come and pay at the door!
4950 N. Bradley St
Garden City, ID 83714 

Creative Church Conference Boise Schedule
July 28 – 31

Thursday Evening through Sunday Morning

Thursday evening, July 28

5:30 Doors Open; Registration and Coffee

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Optional) Affirming Prayer for Guests in Auditorium 1

 

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Main Session 1

Scott Erickson: “The Call”

Jason Leith: “Artist Identity & the Church”

Thursday night ends at 9:00 p.m.

 

Friday, July 29

8:00 a.m. Doors Open

8:00 a.m. (Optional) Training for Personal Prophetic Art – Dottie Olin (Location: Affirming Prayer Room in Auditorium 1)

9:00  Main Session 2 – Friday Morning

Scott McElroy: “The Church and Divine Inspiration”

Dave Blakeslee: “On Being Set Free”

LUNCH 12:00 – 2:00

Creative Studio Time is offered in the VineArts Studio from 12:30 pm until 3:00 Friday for conference attendees.

Affirming Prayer is offered from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 pm in Auditorium 1.

2:00 – 3:15  WORKSHOP SESSION A (Friday early afternoon)

  • “Music is Movement” – Justin Nielsen (Sanctuary)
  • “Prophetic Art: Showing God’s Love to a Broken World” – J. Scott McElroy (Chapel)
  • “Loving your City” – Jason Leith (The Library/Room 7)
  • Creative Studio Time 12:30 to 3:00 pm Friday (VineArts Studio)
  • Lisa Marten’s The Revelator Exhibit, 12:30pm – 3:30 pm Friday (West Room at 4902 Chinden)
  • Affirming Prayer Room, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 pm

(Half-hour break)

3:45 – 5:00  WORKSHOP SESSION B  (Friday late afternoon)

  • “Worship & Intercession Through Creative Expression” – Tammy Morton (Auditorium 2)
  • “Prophetic Art: Showing God’s Love to a Broken World” – J. Scott McElroy (Chapel)
  • “Artists In Community” – Ann Williams (The Library/Room 7)
  • “Figure Drawing” – Dean Estes & Jessie Nilo (VineArts Studio)
  • “Hosting the Table” – Andrew Nemr (West Room at 4902 Chinden) (Note: Please come back tomorrow to experience Lisa Marten’s The Revelator Exhibit)

DINNER (carpool) 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. “Everyone please return to the sanctuary at 6:45.”

7:00 p.m.  Main Session 3 –  Friday Night

Kobie Watkins Grouptet

Andrew Nemr: “Moving to Beauty”

Justin Nielsen and Andrew Nemr: Improv response with tap and piano

Divine Colors performance: Kobie Watkins Grouptet, with dance by Terra Montford

Friday night ends at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 30

8:30 a.m. Doors Open

9:00 a.m. Main Session 4 – Saturday Morning

Jessie Nilo: “God’s Poema: People as Art”

Roger Feldman – “Broken Beauty: Choices”

LUNCH 12:00 – 2:00

Creative Studio Time is offered in the VineArts Studio from 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Saturday for conference attendees.

Affirming Prayer is offered from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 pm in Auditorium 1.

2:00 – 3:15  WORKSHOP SESSION C (Saturday early afternoon)

  • “Creating Live Art” – Jessie Nilo and Lisa Marten with Dennis Sprik (Sanctuary)
  • “Writing as Ministry” – Travis and Kathy Nelson (The Library/Room 7)
  • “Time to Exhale: The Art of Silence” – Gina Deeming (Chapel)
  • Creative Studio Time 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday (VineArts Studio)
  • Lisa Marten’s The Revelator Exhibit, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Friday (West Room at 4902 Chinden)
  • Affirming Prayer Room, 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

(Half-hour break)

3:45 – 5:00  WORKSHOP SESSION D (Saturday late afternoon)

  • “Pastors and Artists Together” – Dave Blakeslee with Tammy Morton & Ann Williams (Chapel)
  • “Designing with God” – Dennis Sprik (The Library/Room 7)
  • “Songwriting Workshop” – Andrew Douglass & Jared Nilo (Aud 2)
  • “Spaces in Art: A Brainstorming Session” – Roger Feldman (beginning in Heritage Hall and going outside, to the site of the Orchard Project on the southeast side of campus)
  • Creative Studio Time continues until 5:00 (VineArts Studio)
  • Lisa Marten’s The Revelator Exhibit, 12:30pm – 3:30 pm Friday (West Room at 4902 Chinden)

DINNER (Carpool) 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. “Everyone please return to the sanctuary at 6:45”

Sanctuary Doors open for worship at 6:40 p.m.

7:00  Main Session 5 –  Saturday Night of Worship through the Arts, led by Jeremiah Carlson (in Sanctuary)

 

Saturday night ends at 9:00 p.m., but we ask the congregation to help reset the sanctuary (we are finished by 10:00 p.m.).

Sunday, July 31

On Sundays, the arts play a big part of Vineyard Boise Church. Come experience worship, scripture readings with tap dance response by Andrew Nemr, creation of pottery during the message by artist and pastor Dave Blakeslee. Visual art tables are available every week in the sanctuary.

9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Main church services  (both services are the same; choose one to attend)

Worship: Lisa Marten – Live painting

Reading: by Travis and Kathy Nelson; response through tap by Andrew Nemr

Message by Pastor Dave Blakeslee while creating pottery on stage

12:45  Lunch in VineArts Studio for conference attendees who pre-pay  (Guido’s New York Style Pizza); Jared Nilo on guitar

1:00 to 3:00  VineArts Studio hosts Creative Studio Time for artmaking, fellowship, individual prayer, and ministry

3:00 p.m. Sunday – Conference end time

During the conference we explored questions like: How can our churches manage the tension between inclusiveness and excellence in the arts? How can the arts be used in outreach? How can we be intentional about giving artists a place in our churches? How can we disciple and encourage them, and avoid burning them out? How can we facilitate true community among artists?, and more.