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Stories From The Studio: There Is Unity In Community! by Gabrielle Dearman

“Growing and being in community is one of the biggest challenges,” as Matt Tommey noted, during a discussion at our artists group. As a ministry dedicated to reaching out to and doing life with artists, we have so many different personalities, giftings, and creative expressions among those in our community. Because of the variety of people in different stages of their creative journeys, keeping everyone in unity is indeed challenging. However, when unity is properly fostered, being able to walk out our creative journeys together is an awesome blessing that causes great impact in our city and beyond.

Two characteristics of a unified community environment, are acceptance of the diverse gifts of others, and developing a culture of honor. Our group briefly spent a few minutes talking about some of the various giftings that we encounter in ministry and how it is important to accommodate others’ gifts. We discussed prioritizing for mentoring relationships to happen as being an example of intentionally creating an environment of honor. Through sharing knowledge and skill, we are helping others become successful and encouraged to use their gifts in an excellent way.

Our study of One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp has reminded us to be more aware, and thankful through seeing life as a gift. Counting our blessings, and learning to see others as a blessing, even when their personalities and giftings might challenge the status quo, and be, well, different, from our way of doing things! Our group discussed the importance of intentionally being thankful for the differences in others, and cherishing what we all offer creatively, spiritually, and relationally.

We had the privilege of celebrating unity in a collaborative work by two artists in our community. Melanie Griggs, who is in our artists group, and Cheyne Stilwell, who often travels from Mooresville, NC to be a part of our monthly Worship Circle. Both Melanie and Cheyne are also in our current round of the Unlocking the Heart of the Artist online course. Melanie wrote song lyrics, and Cheyne wrote the music to Melanie’s song. The song is called, “Created.” This song is a wonderful example of what can happen when a community functions in unity!

gabrielle“Stories from the Studio” is our weekly series by Gabrielle Dearman where she will be sharing about the happenings at River Oaks – The Worship Studio’s local creative community here in Asheville. Check it out each week as Gabrielle shares highlights from our local artist group meetings, community days, workshops, and all the other great things happening in our creative community.