Where Do We Serve?

This is one of many long overdue posts. 🙂 Some time back, I posted about some of the changes that were taking place in the ministry where we serve. Our new ministry, GemStone Media, is the same ministry we were going to serve with before. However, a lot has happened besides just a change in name. First, our ministry strategy has been reevaluated, so that our goals are more in line with the need. Second, we’ve had several new staff begin the process of moving toward Europe. GemStone Media’s purpose is to create quality, lasting media that will have a ripple effect on Europe. You’ve read something similar in the two previous posts on that subject. What that means today, is coming along side of missions and ministries that are struggling and helping them produce the tools and materials they need to be successful. Long term, hopefully that will mean some more direct interactions with the European culture. Whatever the result, God’s hand is clear.

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I’m not changing the information on our ministry yet, because I’m not 100% sure what it should say. CreativeWorks has seen some drastic changes, and while our location won’t be changing, it certainly looks like the details of our ministry are evolving. What I know right now, is that the ministry we’ll be working with is no longer called CreativeWorks, in fact, it’s so new, it’s simply going by GEM Media, which can be thought of like a screenplay called “working title.” I’ll be heading back to Germany in April to work on a video project with GEM Media, shooting a TEFL training seminar. I hope that by then end of the trip I’ll have a better sense of what the new ministry will look like. For the moment, I can quote to you the vision of Jim Meyer, who is running the department:

The ultimate goal is to create media tools that will help in presenting Jesus as relevant and living to Europeans who are searching for meaning in their lives. In the pursuit of that we will undoubtedly be working alongside of Europeans to help them produce effective media relevant for their culture.

Where Do We Serve?

UPDATE (Feb 2007): I’m not changing the information below yet, because I’m not 100% sure what it should say. CreativeWorks has seen some drastic changes, and while our location won’t be changing, it certainly looks like the details of our ministry are evolving. What I know right now, is that the ministry we’ll be working with is no longer called CreativeWorks, in fact, it’s so new, it’s simply going be GEM Media, which can be thought of as something of a working title. I’ll be heading back to Germany in April to work on a video project with GEM Media, shooting a TEFL training seminar. I hope that by then end of the trip I’ll have a better sense of what the new ministry will look like. For the moment, I can quote to you the vision of Jim Meyer, who is running the department:

The ultimate goal is to create media tools that will help in presenting Jesus as relevant and living to Europeans who are searching for meaning in their lives. In the pursuit of that we will undoubtedly be working alongside of Europeans to help them produce effective media relevant for their culture.

We’re serving with CreativeWorks, a ministry of Greater Europe Mission. Greater Europe Mission (or GEM) was founded by a WWII vet to create seminaries to train European pastors. Today, GEM has the same vision to equip Europeans to grow the church in a variety of different outreach mechanisms. The seminaries continue, but they now work hand in hand with church planters, evangelists, and work teams.

CreativeWorks is a unique ministry, training churches in the use of art as an outreach tool. From musical concerts, to web site design, from video to dramatic presentations, CreativeWorks aims to mentor Europeans in areas traditionally neglected by the church.
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