We had the privilege of speaking to Manuel Luz, Creative Arts Pastor and Author of Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist. Manuel has a heart for Christian artists who have allowed daily life to detach them from their creativity. He hopes to reignite their destiny by reconnecting them to their original creative design. In this video interview Manuel discusses:
- How he went from Rocket Scientist to Creative Arts Pastor.
- What is Meta-Narrative and how does it look like in the life of a Christian artist.
- How to know if the act of living has killed the artist inside of you.
- How to balance the art of human expression that is attached to our carnal nature.
- How spiritual disciplines can assist our journey as a Christian artist.
- Encouragement on how conferences like the 2014 Write to Inspire can be instrumental in our journey’s as writers.
Manuel will be sharing The Meta-Narrative: Telling Your Story in God’s Story at the 2014 Write to Inspire Conference.
Manuel Luz has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA in Management, which makes him perfectly qualified to be a Creative Arts Pastor. Truth be told, he became a rocket engineer to finance his self-described “rock star dream,” one which was interrupted when God got a hold of him. He eventually became a pastor leading a worship community and a community of artists, and has been in full-time ministry for the past 21 years. He readily admits, “It’s not rocket science.”
Manuel has served at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California for 21 years. He is passionate about worship, coffee, the Oakland Raiders, and the intersections of faith and the arts. A songwriter, author, speaker, and creative arts pastor, Manuel’s first published book, Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist (Moody Publishers) is a practical and personal theology of the arts. Check out his thought-provoking blog, “Adventures in Faith and Art” at www.ManuelLuz.com, or his four solo albums (iTunes or CDBaby).
Rebecca is a wife and mother of two children. She started writing at a young age and has always been interested in the faith based arts. She self-published her book of poetry The Genesis Journey – A Creative Collection in 2008 and wrote/directed A Bit of Forever that was an official selection of the 2013 Life Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.