March 2011 – Group Letter

by Geoff Hall on March 31, 2011

Mentoring support for those involved in word,
image or performance arts

March 2011. Leave your day jobs and follow me!
Dear Arts Mentoring Group, 
I was sitting in Ruth and Roger’s mansion in Victoria Park last night and we were encouraging each other that God had given us some really wonderful gifts and how we loved that moment when the creative flow starts and we lose all track of time. This doesn’t exactly fit the 9 to 5 lifestyle very well at all, as we could end up spending 12 hours writing, painting, sculpting or making music and who would pay the overtime due to us!


Ruth passed a comment, I can’t remember how we got there, but she talked about the ‘proper job’ criticism that we sometimes face and drew our attention to Jesus calling Peter and John along with their brothers to follow him, on what was to be a pretty lengthy walk.


Matthew records it this way – “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”


Jesus called them to leave their day jobs and follow him! He didn’t seem to be worried that he couldn’t provide for them and they didn’t appear to be worried that they were leaving the family fishing business behind. So, it seems in those days some were called to leave their daily routines and lead a different way of life. It didn’t mean that their lives became easier, or that their lifestyle would now accrue the benefits of prosperity via the intimate walk they were embarkinhg upon. In fact I think it was probably a more arduous journey.


Being called to the arts is like this. Sometimes we worry; we become anxious about adequate resources for our lives; our families, our work. The good news is that the Jesus administration is not subject to Government cuts! The other good news is that we are not called to walk alone, but in community.


My heart’s desire has always been to develop a community which challenges and supports me; wherein others can find the same thing and that we go on to create significant work – work which challenges the status quo and also Postmodernism’s predisposition towards nihilism. This community will understand that there is more to following Jesus than a 9 to 5 job and a personal career in Finance or Human Resources.


I am thrilled with this call and in the coming year I’ll be working with a bunch of creative people on a project to be launched in 2012. The first challenge for me was to overcome the fear of sharing incomplete work with others. The second challenge is to see it completed together as an expression of our creativity and beliefs. What it will look like, I’m not sure, but I’m not anxious about the process, of loosing ‘control’ of the world I’ve created and allowing the imagination of others to reshape it with their creative talents.


We know there have been difficult times in the past; when we felt inadequate to the task, when all the things which supported us seem to crumble. However, it is a journey worth taking, a journey worth the perseverance to accomplish great things together, because the whole idea of walking alone was never part of the original game plan anyway!


Peace and Love to you all,


Geoffx


Developments:
The next Tree House is on Wednesday, 18th May when we’ll be focusing on the visual arts. Venue to be confirmed. Stay Tuned!

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