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What the Bible Says About the Arts, coming this Fall!

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

"The lordship of Christ should include an interest in the arts." - Francis Schaeffer.

The human impulse to create reflects our being made in the image of a creator God. In this course, Dr. Bill Barnett will take us on a creative journey to explore, examine and engage in what the Bible says about the arts from a Christian viewpoint. Schaeffer’s “Art and the Bible,” other resources, speakers, media, and creative expression, will set the pace for our journey together.

“No work of art is more important that the Christian’s own life, and every Christian is called upon to be an artist in this sense. He may have no gift of writing, no gift of composing or singing, but each man has the gift of creativity in terms of the way he lives his life. The Christian’s life is to be an artwork. . .a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and dying world.” - FRANCIS SCHAEFFER

WHEN: September 7 - November 16, 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

WHERE: Covenant Church of Naples. PCA (6926 Trail Boulevard, Naples, FL 34108)

About the Instructor, Dr. William S. Barnett

Dr. William Sanford Barnett (Doctor of Ministry - Ministry Leadership) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Transformational Christian Ministry and a Master of Ministry degree from Warner University in Lake Wales, Florida. He studied graphic arts and advertising at Parsons School of Design and NYC Technical College, including ministry courses at the New York School of Urban Ministry, the New York School of the Bible, and the King's College in New York City. Dr. Barnett holds a certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy from Udemy Institute and a Social and Behavioral Research certificate from the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI). He is the founder and President of Storytellers Creative Arts, equipping artists to lead people to saving faith in Jesus Christ through their art and community influence. He is Adjunct Professor at the Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University teaching and mentoring doctoral students.

Dr. Barnett's life's work has focused on the discipleship of artists: making Christ known through the arts. His interests are Art & Theology, Art Therapy, Ministry Leadership, and Church Ministry

For over a decade, Dr. Barnett has touched the lives of the addicted, disadvantaged, mentally and at-risk, facilitating arts outreach ministry in Naples, Florida, and beyond. He is a recipient of the David Lawrence Center's 2017 National Recovery Month Award. For more than 15 years, Dr. Barnett served with the Eastern New York General Assembly of the Church of God in Christian Education and Ministry Leadership roles, supporting and training leaders from over 25 congregations in New York. He is the founder and past director of the 250+ Eastern New York General Assembly Children's Mass Choir. In addition, Dr. Barnett served with the King's College in New York City (Campus Crusade for Christ) as the Executive Assistant to the President, and Administrative Director at Mastermedia International, reaching hundreds of top media professionals in Hollywood and New York with the love and hope of Christ.

Dr. Barnett served for over 14 years on the senior ministry staff at Covenant Church of Naples, Florida, in numerous leadership roles. He has ministered through the arts and music in South Africa, Nicaragua, Turkey, Israel, and the Mission to the World (PCA) Refugee Team, reaching thousands worldwide with the Gospel in Japan. In addition to facilitating workshops on church ministry, strategic planning, team building, lay ministry and volunteer recruitment, and art and faith.

Dr. Barnett serves on the board of Storytellers Creative Arts, Legacy Imperative, and is a member of the National Association of Christian Counselors, American Art Therapy Association, National Art Education Association, the NAPLES Group (Naples Area Professional Leaders and Executive Services) Executive Committee, Omega Nu Lambda, a ministry consultant, and writer.

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