Young people reviving the church’s mission in the world through grass-roots creative practices.
The Conspiritor Collective continues in the historic creative tradition of Charles Wesley, prolific hymn-writer and movement maker. We encourage each other as new generations of artists sharing the Good News and crafting faith community revivals from sanctuaries to streets.
We help young people develop as deep disciples of Jesus Christ through the spiritual practice of artistic witness.
The Conspiritor Collective is first a gathering of artists. Secondly, it is a platform for sharing that work with the world. And third, it is a strategy for translating artistic witness into resources that enable all our other United Methodist membership vows. We pursue these goals in the following ways:
- Podcast - First, the Conspiritor Collective podcast features interviews with musicians, poets, visual artists and writers who live out their Christian discipleship through artistic witness. Through these conversations we meet new artist friends, learn more about God’s call in their lives and hone our understanding of the craft of artistic Christian witness.
- Artist Community - Then, we invite young and emerging artists to share their work with us so we can share that work with others. We make introductions of artists to each other to encourage them in exploring new liturgical arts, prophetic words and missional actions for the world together.
- Worship Arts Incubator - Next, we help artists "move on toward perfection" in their craft through workshops, creative partnerships and sessions which produce professional work from creators all along the spectrum of experience. We use these moments to help artists speak boldly from their Wesleyan theological heritage. We also encourage continual thoughtfulness about art and the generative tension between artist as performer and artist as leader of congregational worship practices.
- Missional “Record Label” - Finally, we curate and share the best of this creative work in order to make missional impact in the world. Through existing and emerging Discipleship Ministries publication and distribution systems we connect grass-roots creatives with Connection-wide listeners. Then, the very content of the songs, poems, and visual art shared will remind the church of its own scriptural call to mission and deep discipleship. Plus, subscriptions, albums and ticketed events featuring these new artists and their work will benefit the Youth Service Fund - a historic engine for and by young people for transformation of the world. Further, because they will be shared digitally via Creative Commons licensing, this work will be accessible for direct use, remixing and sharing as churches see fit.
The Conspiritor Collective engages young people as creators for revived expressions of Christian faith, mission, discipleship and community in the Wesleyan tradition. The collective encourages grassroots creative practices among young people, practices that complement the existing hymnody and creative endeavors of the United Methodist Church. As “conspiritors” in this work Discipleship Ministries continues in its mandate to help young people in local churches, districts, and conferences fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples. This collective resources and creates networks of consultation and support for young artists who will equip the people of the United Methodist Church as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.
* The Conspiritor Collective uses Creative Commons Licensing to promote the free sharing of resources among churches, members and artists.