When I talk about a ruthlessly simple church I envision a gathering of believers that is not program-heavy or particularly fixated on Sunday morning. There isn’t one form that a ruthlessly simple church must take, but it will certainly have Jesus at the center.
The arts have suffered greatly in the environs of the pragmatic, program-focused church of late, and so I’ve been wondering if there is any place for artistic expression, particularly worship in a ruthlessly simple church.
Obviously many church gatherings have music in one form or another, but I’m also wondering about painting, photography, graphic design, poetry, or whatever else may qualify as artistic expression within the limits of what is generally considered art.
If a church group desires to remain small and simple the obvious choice is to create a partnership with a local library, art gallery, or some other institution with wall space. Many local nonprofits and libraries are eager to hang art on their walls and to even host a complete exhibition.