Good News!

‘Rooted’ in the basics

TAM Conservatory 2014

Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. 

—Colossians 2:7 NLT

 From August 2–9, 130 delegates and staff gathered at The College for Officer Training in Suffern, N.Y., for the Territorial Arts Ministries (TAM) Conservatory 2014. They felt an excitement in assembling with people who have a passion for the arts and an anticipation of how God would speak to them this 14th year of the Conservatory, “Chapter 14.” He had always been so faithful and this time was no exception. It was a sweet time; every day held treasures to be discovered as we looked at the basics of our faith and of our art.

Basics of our art

The basics of our art were the focus of the technique classes. Four levels of dance and drama technique allowed everyone to be challenged and to strive for excellence in developing their gifts. All of the major tracks—dance, drama, mime, worship team, and audio/lighting—worked together to create a finale program that would take the audience on the journey that we had shared during that week. We were fortunate to have Gregg and Susan Hurley of Hurley in Motion (choreographers, educators, and dancers) as special guest performers and instructors. And the CAST’s production of “Honk!” brought the house down!

Former delegates who have returned to the TAM Conservatory have said that it always offers something new and different. This year, that “new and different” feature was our Branch Groups. Delegates met in divisional groups and prepared a dramatic piece to present at divisional Family Camps. These pieces used all of the art forms represented by the delegates and gave them an opportunity to work with a new director. We all enjoyed the evening when we shared our pieces and were able to encourage each other in our ministry efforts.

Basics of our faith

The basics of our faith (Fearing God, Following Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Fellowship & Prayer) were discussed in our group devotions and small groups. Based on Pastor Francis Chan’s “BASIC” series, we were challenged to stop and consider each of these foundational basics and how they influenced our spiritual walk. Each evening we watched a short video of Chan powerfully presenting one of these topics. We then had 15 minutes of journaling time to reflect and to listen to God. He had memorable moments planned for us as we worshiped with Phil Laeger, engaged in street ministry in New York City, sat quietly in His presence, and shared candid testimonies in the final “Sending Out” session.

We want our roots to continue to grow down into Him. We desire our lives to be built on Him. Our faith grew stronger as we were taught the Truth. And we all left TAM Conservatory 2014 overflowing with thankfulness.

by Carol Jaudes


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