This summer, YTI presents “Inspiring Worship,” a week of evening programs focusing on inspiration for worship and the glory of God.
Inspiring Worship, to be held July 18–22 at YTI in Bozeman, will explore the concept of the glory of God and discover how we as God’s people can honor and bring glory to God in all things. The week’s sessions will take a scriptural approach to God’s glory as we discover how art and music can display God’s glory. Attendees will be invited into the dialogue through discussion, and will have opportunities for participation and leadership in worship experiences and in community and worship art. Our historical ventures through Christian art and music will introduce and give examples of important practices for understanding the breadth and depth of our current worship practices.
Inspiring Worship Presenters (left to right): Rev. Kurt Caddy, Carol Mealer, Rev. Tracie Jernigan
Our presenters include Kurt Caddy, an artist whose disciplines include art and theology; Carol Mealer, an art historian specializing in ancient Christian art; and Tracie Jernigan, a pastor-musician whose disciplines include theology and worship. Sessions for the week include a theological approach to inspiration and the glory of God, histories of Christian worship and Christian art, a community art project, diverse worship experiences, and a roundtable discussion with our presenters.
The study of Christian music and art will give a deeper understanding to the history of worship in the church and show that theology doesn’t happen in a vacuum. While many aspects of the week will be theological and historical, we will also discuss the practical side of incorporating the fine arts into worship gatherings for faith communities to create a richer experience for worshipers.
Whether you’re a worship musician or simply interested in Christian art and music, join us for this week of learning and experience. The course may also be taken for academic credit at YTI.