Arts Development for Scripture Engagement

Michelle Petersen


Because languages and arts are means of communication, principles from the field of language development that communities apply to strengthen language vitality also strengthen the vitality of local artistic genres. Arts development expands a community’s existing uses of orality and arts to new topics and functions to better meet community goals together. Status development activities increase the number of domains of use and the level of respect given local artistic genres. Corpus development activities describe genre forms and create new works in them. Acquisition development activities add to the number of people who perform or experience new works, and increase people’s interest in them. When communities work together to meet their Kingdom goals, arts development activities add to the number of people who encounter God’s word in life-transforming ways.


**A new version of the PDF was uploaded on January 4, 2018, to correct an error in the citations in footnote 8. All other content is the same as the original PDF.


Status Development; Corpus Development; Acquisition Development; Luther; Reformation

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