what kind of art does a movement require?

We’ve been having lots of conversations about the next chapter in our story at Granger lately.  God has been so good to us by using the church to have a huge impact, and we want to follow His lead into the next evolution of that movement. 

So many of the God-stories in which GCC has been instrumental in the past two and a half decades have been made possible by the weekend gathering.  And that’s no surprise.  Mark Beeson, our senior pastor, led the way on this effort with a vision for an encounter with God that was helpful for people who were for from Him or His Church.  We’ve worked hard to use the weekend to clearly tell the story that God is writing, and to unleash its potential to change the lives of those who hear it. 

However, we think the mission – reach the world for Christ and join Him in manifesting His kingdom – is going to require new ideas as the world changes.  Check out my boss’s thoughts on this here and here

Most of our art has served the weekend, and that’s a good thing, because the weekend has served the movement well.  But what happens when the weekend isn’t the only thing that serves the movement?  We need art that serves the movement directly, rather than art that serves an event that serves the movement. 

So I’m chewing on a question: what’s the difference between art that serves an event that serves the movement, and art that serves the movement? 

(As far as defining terms goes, I’m assuming a movement is something that can gain ground on the culture, that it moves faster and further than the general population itself.  I’m assuming that it influences subversively – a movement’s growth isn’t accomplished by legislation, for example; although a nation’s laws might be a the FRUIT of a movement, they are not the means of a movement.  Movements are accomplished by their ability to capture hearts and inspire deep commitment.  They have to cost something to participate in – time, heart, money, status.  And the world has to be fundamentally different because the movement swept through.)

I have a few initial thoughts on what art for a movement must be, but I’d love to start by hearing from you, too.  Have you seen art fuel a movement?  What was it about the art that made it so powerful as a part of the movement?