I am an older pastor with a long time interest in the art and music. Over the years I have sought to support emerging artists and organizations integrating Christian faith and artist excellence. Arts and Entertainment Ministry (AEM) has been an easily mission to get behind. The experienced leadership and sharp teaching edge speaks for itself, but the ministry serves a unique role in nurturing people of faith engaged in an industry that often challenges their integrity. The relational support and accountability this supplies has filled a major void in connecting those desiring to enter vocations in the world of art and entertainment. AEM functions in a priestly role to the church, where artistic sensibilities and pursuits are not always properly understood or appreciated. In the time of our association my enthusiasm and confidence in this ministry has only grown. Our church supports this ministry because it provides a partnership with quality Christian leaders and artists who are infusing wisdom and integrity into an industry that influences the entire world.
I came to an A & E seminar with no expectations and left inspired and thrilled. The presentations were content rich and well presented, with ample time for discussion with other participants.
The A & E team cares deeply about the subject matter, and is truly interested in each attendee.
I highly recommend A & E.
I am a professional screenwriter. Arts and Entertainment Ministries is a dynamic organization that supports artists with a particular worldview. For a period of time I attended meetings held by Joel Pelsue where several of us got together to talk about our lives from both a professional and personal perspective. Here we could be quite open about what some of our struggles were. Being with like-minded artists, who were solid and committed professionals, and knowing that these individuals simply "got it" when you talked about some particular challenge you were going through, was refreshing. Joel, who has a music background himself, understands our journeys. This was one of the great things that I appreciated about him. Every artist, whatever their specific area of focus is, and whatever their specific worldview might be, has moments where they feel quite isolated. Finding a supportive group can help deal with this sense of isolation. Arts and Entertainment Ministries was that place for me.
In October 2009 I participated in the 6th Annual Arts and Entertainment Ministries Show . I am a sculptor and performance artist. I exhibited three sculptures and did a performance called "Fragility". My experience with AEM has been very important for me as an artist and as a person. The integrity of the directors, Rev. Joel and Michele Pelsue, and their commitment to excellence and honesty in the work of the artists, are the reasons why I try to attend all the meetings of the Institute. During those times, we discuss and wrestle with relevant topics that have to do with our faith and our work. At AEM we have become a community of artists who care not only about doing work, but how our work is going to contribute to our culture and our world: is our work going to make a difference?
I am a gallery owner and have put on many higher end shows in the South Bay area. I consider myself a strong critic of fine art, particularly Christian art and for the most part, I have not experienced a high degree of skill and marketing in the Christian art community until I became involved with Arts and Entertainment Ministries. Joel, Michelle and their art jury do a very skillful job of weeding through the Christian art community to find the artists that are not only very talented, but also represent a broad spectrum of art medium. They are great facilitators in taking the message from the artists, organizing the "story", and putting on events that bring the public into the heart of the bigger picture. They do it with excitement, dynamism and depth. Let me emphasize depth....Joel is a deep communicator himself, and he understands that the culture is looking for honest, balanced, intelligent conversation.
They are not just 'doing art shows' , but forming a foundation of compelling point of views that incorporate the expression of the art world. Part of this foundation is the parallel addition of their Institute. Some people would balk at spending 2 days listening to a 'bible study' or professorial expose of art in our culture... I for one was one of those people. But I thought well enough of Joel and MIchelle to risk the time, and realize now that it was one of the most valuable 2 days of collective information and interacting with other artists that I could have spent.
On a pragmatic level, Joel and Michelle are very organized and extremely competent administrators. This makes their events satisfying to go to from that point....you are not dragged to death!
I would have given them 5 stars, but they are still in the growth stage. Their marketing plan is well-balanced and well thought out, so I expect to see large impacts on whole groups of professionals particularly.
My name is Jahmal Holland and I am a recording/performing artist. Since becoming involved with Arts and Entertainment Ministries, I have found answers to questions that have concerned me since I began my career in the entertainment field. Pastor Joel and Michele Pelsue are both insightful and supportive and have provided me with wisdom and resources that have encouraged and facilitated my growth as an artist. The support I've received from Arts and Entertainment Ministries has served in large part to enable my development as an artist.
I have been to two of their annual " Eve of the Artist" gatherings. I saw painted art, music, short artistic movies, humorists, and story tellers. The event has a particular metaphysic; that Christianity is true and fits the facts of reality. So all the art methods I saw to express each ones craft, that evening, represented that faith and the evidence they see which gives them a wide birth of confidence to communicate their art.
Arts & Entertainment Ministries is a great organization! They have been very helpful to me in both of my fields - music (as I am a singer/songwriter and was honored to be a part of their performance evening) and film (as I work at a film production company). Not only was I able to be a part of their performance evening, but I was able to gain great insight by attending their weekend conference as well. They also have monthly programs and evenings of interest to bring people in the entertainment industry together. As a whole, I am so grateful to them and the work that they do! :)
The Arts and Entertainment Ministries do a fantastic job integrating faith with art and having a very postive impact on art / artists who want to express God's love through various art mediums.
It is a fantastic ministry to say the very least.
AEM is a unique ministry. There are other ministries that focus on equipping Christians to live holy lives, and there are of course many organizations to help artists network with each other and improve their craft, but as far as I know, AEM is the only organization that integrates both of these. AEM has been instrumental in encouraging me to be a better artist (musician) and a more mature Christian, and to navigate the sometimes difficult territory of being a follower of Christ and an artist at the same time. I have known AEM founders Joel and Mich Pelsue for ten years, and they are two of the most honest, loving, and passionate people that I've ever met. Just spending an hour with them, you come away inspired to love Jesus and to want to create great art! The "Arts & Entertainment Institute" that they've put together will blow your mind... it's like an advanced degree in art and theology packed into two days, all with a very practical focus. If you're serious about art AND Christianity, I guarantee it will change you.
I was an exhibiting artist at the 2009 AEM Arts and Entertainment Ministry Night. The program is run with the utmost professionalism and integrity. My experience with the organization has made a huge impact on my professional, and personal life. The conference I had the privilege to attend in 2010, was inspirational and motivating. Joel and Michelle continue to help their artists with monthly meetings that help us stay motivated, and focused. This organization is a benefit to Art and Entertainment industry, and a huge blessing to people out there trying to make it, in this difficult, and challenging field.
The Arts & Entertainment Ministry is a wonderful ministry that is insightful, intellectual and practical. Joel is very articulate and has a great vision to equip Christians as artists.
I started volunteering for Arts & Entertainment Ministries (AEM) when it first launched and have recently accepted their offer to join their board. Through this organization I have fine tuned my understanding of art and culture and my role as an artist and patron. The founders care about the church as a whole, not just the arts, but they see the great opportunity and calling to do their part for the kingdom through specifically redeeming artists and the arts. They are the most well-rounded in this goal of any arts ministry I've seen. As an example, they are one of the only ministries focused on all genres of art, not just cinema.
I was blessed to be selected to exhibit my drawings October of 2009 in the AEM Night of Arts and Entertainment. Since then I have been attending the once a month gathering of artists to discuss artists issues from a Christian point of view. At times this gathering resembles a bible study, sometimes it is community building, and at other times it is Q an A where artists can voice their concerns and experiences regarding the larger arts communities they are a part of. I find this group particularly exciting because the church at large doesn't always understand the experience, personality, passion, focus, and unique vision that God imparts into the artistic temperment. In my lifetime I have seen the church take wonderful steps forward in embracing the visual arts. (I am a painter.) But in my view the church still has a ways to go. This ministry speaks to these issues frankly and with an open mind. This ministry also encourages artists to look deeper into their spiritual walk to understand how their relationship with the Lord will influence their work. This deeper sense of accountability, I believe helps artists to be more consistent in fusing together personal faith and artistic output. I look forward to seeing where AEM goes in the future. There is a lot to explore in how we as artists bring faith and creativity together. In a way I feel like we've only just begun. Furthermore, I look forward to the impact AEM will have on the world with the thinker/artists it influences. Isn't this the goal? I believe our goal is to bring first rate art into the world at large. Like all great art AEM artists will create works that will expand and open peoples mind to see in new ways. Because we have Christ, we will bring a fresh spirit into the hearts and minds of our viewers.
This ministry is on the cutting edge of teaching how to create professional art from a Christian worldview. Joel and Michelle Pelsue really understand the importance of art in our culture and the importance the Bible gives art. They also are not afraid to tackle the tough issues that are unique to artists. They tackle these from a very balanced but Biblical perspective. I've been so encouraged by this ministry to see the importance of my own art and to see the responsibility I have as a creator of culture.
This group is providing highest quality instruction, healing, and education to artists and the Christian community. They are standing in the gap that has been waning for decades. I found it to be a solid, intelligent, grace-filled group that serves nationally and internationally.