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Why Christian Artists Guild?

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For more than 15 years, I have had a desire in my heart to help Christian Artists of all disciplines step into the fullness of their destinies. That desire has taken several different forms over the years and has evolved as I have matured. I have language for things today that I would not have been able to describe a few short years ago. I find myself moving in realms that would have been previously inaccessible. And yet, I certainly have not arrived. None of us have. We are all on a journey of discovering God, discovering our purpose, and becoming the person we need to be, to do the things we were created to do. My desire is to provide a resource that will assist that forward progress for every believer, no matter where they may be on their path.

It’s important that we keep the main thing the main thing.

Some have said that the chief purpose of mankind is to glorify God. But, how do you glorify a God that already has all the glory? I submit that the only way to truly glorify God is to come into agreement with His eternal purpose and original intent for your life. Before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb, God saw you – He knew you and wrote everything concerning you in a book. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him, and I believe that it glorifies God and gives Him great joy to see His children discover and step into the destinies He has written for us. Christian Artists Guild exists to help people take these steps.

When I chose the name “Christian Artists Guild”, there were a number of people who raised eyebrows. I suppose it seemed a bit utilitarian. I probably should have named it something cooler, something hipper, something that would resonate with the younger generation. Maybe I could have picked an off-the-beaten-track Greek or Hebrew word. If nothing else, I should have probably avoided the words “Christian” and “artist”, simply because of the negative connotations those words carry in our culture. “Christian artist” is, in fact, a label that many (to whom the label correctly applies) are running from because of what it has come to mean and be associated with. For one reason or another, it is bad business – or perhaps just too embarrassing. Those who do embrace it do so at the risk of being marginalized both inside and outside the church.

There must be something seriously wrong for this to be the case. Maybe our values have been skewed. Perhaps the church has dropped the ball. It could be that we’ve allowed the wrong people to define what a Christian artist actually is. In any case, running from the name Christian Artist Guild because of negative connotations felt like admitting defeat before even beginning. The culture needs to shift. We need a renaissance in the church – a rebirthing or rediscovering of our purpose. The name Christian Artists Guild felt like it was meeting that challenge head-on.

I believe that renaissance in the church is not just coming, it is already here.

Ignorance is giving way to the new revelation that is pouring forth. Creativity is springing up everywhere. Problematic cycles that have existed for decades or even centuries are being broken. Brand new creative dynasties are being birthed. Hearts are being repositioned and values realigned. Misunderstandings and broken relationships between church leaders and the creative gifts in their congregations are being restored.

There was a time when the people of God led the way in the arts, and I believe the glory of this latter renaissance will be greater than the glory of the former one. So far we are seeing glimpses – precursors to what I believe is coming. Christian Artists Guild exists to throw fuel on this fire.

Why a “Guild”?

A guild is an association of people that come together for mutual aid, protection, or the pursuit of a common goal. It also speaks of having greater power to influence and govern as a collective than as individuals. These are apt descriptions of what I believe Christian Artists Guild will do and be. This endeavor isn’t about rallying around a single person, church, or ministry. Instead, it is a movement in the Earth to realize our full potential impact for the Kingdom of God.

Christian Artists Guild is for every age, every ethnicity, every background, every denomination, and every discipline. I hope you will take advantage of everything we have to offer you, and be propelled into everything you were created to be and do for the glory of our King.

Jonathan Fitt

Jonathan Fitt is a musician, author, speaker, and founder of Christian Artists Guild. His passion is empowering artists and contending for a renaissance in the church that leads to a reformation in culture.

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  • Sally Young Eslinger (on FB) says:

    Mr. Fitt, this is beautifully intended and expressed. I am eager to join in this CAG cultural, social and spiritual movement. I have been journeying with this calling since about age ten, 59 years ago. I have been abundantly blessed as I have aged in my drawing and writing, but have carried the Joys of creating for/with God outside of fellowship with other Christian artists, which I sorely need. Thank you for what you are doing.

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