Art. Liturgy. And Evangelical Mega-Churches. On the 9th episode of the ALT podcast, I have a joint conversation with Willow Creek pastors Blaine Hogan & Aaron Niequist. Blaine Hogan is the creative pastor for Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, IL. He's had a career in acting, including a popular TV show. His path then led him to become the creative director of one of the largest & most creative churches in North America. His experience in merging the creative arts into modern worship settings has given him an incredible insight for emerging artists in the Church. He's recently launched a new eCourse called "Make Better" designed specifically for creators & artists. At the same church, Aaron Niequist has served as a worship leader for the past few years. Like Blaine, he's been intrigued by the ancient expressions of the Church. Aaron has experienced both success & failure as he's experimented with integrating ancient practices into their large contemporary mega-church setting. His path has led him to create two avenues for engaging Liturgy in a contemporary context. The first is "A New Liturgy", a series of 25-minute journeys through prayer, meditation & song. The second is an experimental gathering on Sunday nights called "The Practice", an ecumenical worship service that explores the unforced rhythms of grace. So both of these guys are navigating art & liturgy in one of the largest evangelical churches in America, Willow Creek... a church that has provided a refuge for many escaping dry, dead & traditional religion by creating exciting seeker-friendly worship services. Let's just say they have a lot of stories & wisdom to share! ______________________________________ SHOW NOTES There are a lot of show notes plus a few videos included for this episode. Go to http://illuminate.us/alt-ep9 to access. Thanks!