The Summit Report

Part A is the input from the focus groups that looked at the implications for the Church, Marketplace, Academy and Missions. It includes mission statements and strategies that were explored.

Part B summarises input from the integrated groups that explored stones and strategies related to Church, Artist and Culture.

There are obvious overlaps and repetitions in the material from the different groups. However, repetition of themes and concerns has value as an indication of the strength of ideas held by a number of people across the range of spheres involved at the Summit.

Executive Summary

The Summit began with welcoming delegates to Schloss Mittersill. During the opening evening, Dr. Andrzej Turkanik gave a reflection on the European zeitgeist.

The keynote speaker for the Summit, Colin Harbinson later sounded the call for the week, speaking from the text, Isaiah 62:10:

Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.

Using the ‘Stones’ as a metaphor, Colin taught each day, encouraging delegates to identify those stumbling blocks within the Church, culture (and within artists themselves) that had resulted in the abandonment of the arts and imagination in the life and mission of the Church in Europe.

Dialogue was passionate as delegates examined, discussed, prayed, worshiped and dreamed of spiritual and cultural renewal through a reformation of artistic practice and a restoration of the arts to the place God has purposed.

Participants were encouraged to network across spheres; to hear the perspectives of established leaders in the Church as well as Academic heads, those leading the way in Mission organizations‐ and leaders of dance companies, theatre, visual arts and musical groups, companies and communities.

Methodology

Participants met daily in Integrated, Focused and Large group contexts to reflect on Colin’s teaching for each day.

Integrated groups (up to 12 people) consisted of delegates representing all four spheres of Church, Marketplace, Missions, and Academia.

Focus groups (up to 12 people) consisted of participants representing the same sphere (Church, Marketplace, Missions, or Academia), who brought the wisdom of the integrated group dialogue into their own focused deliberations on the topic of the day.

Large Group (50 people) sessions gave the opportunity for each group to report on their dialogue and assessments to the whole group. In this way, everyone was able to hear and assimilate the input from Integrated and Focused groups. Various leaders facilitated the integration of common threads, the clarification of recommendations, the identification of potential partnerships, and the exploration of shared resources.

Sessions

Each day Colin brought insight and teaching to an area of relevance in the call to
Remove the Stones as follows:

Day 1: Educating the Church
Day 2: Mentoring the Artist
Day 3: Renewing Culture

The Integrated Groups explored the stones and strategies related to the Church, the Artist and the various European cultures in a broader, cross‐disciplinary manner. The Focus Groups examined implications for the Church, Marketplace, Academy and Missions, in a more contextualized fashion.

Each Focus Group was then given time on the fourth day to look at meaningful next steps in their specific sphere. They were asked to:

1. Come up with a mission statement encapsulating the vision of the group
2. Articulate three practical steps towards making the vision a reality
3. Present the above to the large group

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