In the greatest periods of Christian art in history, a tremendous amount of the credit can be placed on the doorstep of local churches, dioceses, and church officials who invested both financially and theologically in the creation of great art. We are seeking similarly visionary churches to invest in a renaissance of the Christian imagination.
- Read John Skillen's essay on "The Four Parties to Art" to see how churches have made a difference in the past.
Member churches get:
- A pastor or other representative on the Anselm advisory board, if desired.
- The option to request that one event per year be held at their facility (depends on facilities and event availability each year).
- Listing in the Anselm website footer and a longer description with links on the Member Churches page--show new and longtime residents of the area that you are this kind of church.
- As we build out our Artist Guild, input on what kinds of programs and workshops we build and where they are hosted—we want to make sure we are serving the needs of our member congregations.
- Citywide and even national exposure as a church that values the arts and the imagination. (We're serious; our first member church, Holy Trinity Anglican, has seen membership numbers grow due to its support of the Anselm Society, including people who just moved here who said they immediately looked up Holy Trinity because they had heard from friends about the Anselm Society.)
- We can also discuss membership levels that include a certain number of patron memberships for members of your congregation, allowing you to provide full access to Anselm Society resources as a ministry to your congregation.
Requirements for membership:
- Minimum $1,000 donation per year
- Help promoting Anselm events, including prominent placement of major events in Sunday/bulletin/email/online announcements (we are looking for churches that are serious about building up the Society and their congregation's involvement in it!)
Email director Brian Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.