The Arts as Ministry – Creative Writing
Is your pen mightier than a sword? If the words you write are an expression of the creativity of your Father and infused with the anointing of the Spirit, it can be!
During the last 40 years, the Lord has spoken to various leaders in the Body of Christ about the need to infiltrate and affect all seven spheres or mountains that are the pillars of any society, if we are going to impact a nation for Jesus Christ. One of these mountains is the arts, of which creative writing is just one aspect. As children of God, made in the image of the Creator and reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit, believers should be the most creative people in the world. We should be on the cutting edge, producing the most powerful and influential books, movies, blogs, articles, essays and poems the world has ever seen. We should be the leaders in every arena of the written word.
Our focus in this “Arts as Ministry” concentration is not on the technical aspects of writing such as grammar, punctuation, or proper forms for attribution and citations. These can be learned anywhere. Our goal is that you learn how to write under the anointing of the Holy Spirit so that whether you are writing a paragraph or a multi-volume work, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, whatever you write will carry the power of the Spirit in it and accomplish the purpose for which God breathed it through you.
To that end, you will explore all of the ways that God speaks to man and become skilled at recognizing His voice in your heart, through your dreams and through His Word. You will research your spirit and learn how you can recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit within you. You will investigate the anointing, what it is, how you experience it, and how you can increase the anointing upon you. You will learn tools for overcoming writer’s block and learn a bit about the publishing business. And you will write – a lot.
If God has called and gifted you to minister to His people or the world through the written word, we want to help you honor that calling by releasing His anointing and creativity through everything you write.
Online Creative Writing Degrees
The courses listed below may be taken as a Creative Writing Certificate or applied as a major concentration toward any of the following online Creative Writing Degrees:
- Associate of Christian Arts,
- Bachelor of Christian Arts,
- Master of Christian Arts, or
- Doctor of Christian Arts.
Additional work is required when an undergraduate-level course is taken on the graduate level. Course substitutions and combining major concentrations are possible when working toward your Creative Writing Degree online. Discuss these options with the Dean. The key is to follow God’s passion within your heart. Students in the Master’s and Doctoral programs earn approximately 30 credits for each degree from specific courses, and the remaining 10 credits by doing practical ministry work and earning “practica” credits.
Creative Writing Courses Online and by Correspondence
All of the courses listed below are available by correspondence, and you may choose to submit your coursework online. Your course materials will arrive by mail, and you will then be able to contact your instructor online and conveniently email any assignments to him.
Tuition is $100 per credit. Course materials are in addition and generally under $100 per course. The courses may be purchased individually or as a total package. If purchased as a pre-paid package of 10 or more, the cost of tuition is reduced by 20%. Prices are subject to change without notice. Payment may be made by credit card.
Creative Writing Certificate Online
- Communion With God
- Naturally Supernatural
- Increasing the Anointing
- Creative Writing I
- Creative Writing II
- Creative Writing III
REN103 Communion With God (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
REN503 Communion With God (Graduate)(Course Syllabus) 4 credits
This course teaches you how to clearly hear God’s voice, see divine vision and journal (write out what God is speaking to you). The Holy Spirit is the Wonderful Counselor, and when you can hear His voice on a regular basis, He provides wonderful counsel to your heart. Eighty percent of the counseling needs of a church will disappear once they are taught the course Communion With God.
REN204 Naturally Supernatural (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
Through the working of Almighty God, He has joined His Spirit to our spirits. We will study and experience the glory of Christ living within us, as well as ways of approaching Him and releasing His indwelling presence. We abide in Christ to the extent that we know that Christ abides in us. We will also learn how to allow the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit within us to flow out through us. Prerequisite: REN103 Communion With God.
— Isaac E. Rerri
REN206 Increasing the Anointing (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
It is only as we minister in the anointing of the Holy Spirit that we can effectively touch the hearts of others. This practical course trains you how to sense the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, how to get to know Him as a Person, and how to release His power to heal a hurting people.
ART220 Creative Writing I (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
The Creator God has deposited His creative Spirit within each of His children, and lit a fire within each one to express that creativity through his own unique personality and gifting. Many people have an urge within them to write, but because of insecurity, the criticism of early teachers, lack of time or training, or a host of other reasons, they have not released that creative urge in a satisfying way. This course is designed to encourage, instruct and liberate those whom the Lord has called to minister through the written word. Whatever you are impelled to write, the Holy Spirit wants to be your Source and your Inspiration.
ART221 Creative Writing II (Course Syllabus) 3 credits
This course is designed with a twofold purpose: First, it will encourage, instruct and liberate those whom the Lord has called to minister to His body and His world through the written word. Whether you are impelled to write fiction or nonfiction, poems or college textbooks, the Holy Spirit wants to be your Source and your Inspiration. In addition, you will explore the relationship between your Christian faith and the arts in general. You will meditate on what the Scriptures say about the arts, and the place of beauty and pleasure in the life of the believer.
ART341 Creative Writing III (Course Syllabus) 2 credits
You will continue your exploration of the relationship between faith and art, as well as exploring your own personal creativity as you work towards this Christian arts degree in creative writing. You will increase your ability to experience Christ’s inspiration and put aside any inhibitions, fears or sin patterns that are blocking the flow of your divine imagination.
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