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Sho Baraka: Why You Will Be a Better Church Leader If You Help Your Artists

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Sho Baraka is a globally recognized recording artist, performer, culture curator, activist, and writer. His work combines his artistic platform with his academic history to contribute a unique perspective, elevating the contemporary conversation on faith, art, and culture. An alumnus of Tuskegee University and the University of North Texas, Sho is a co-founder of Forth District and the AND Campaign, and he has served as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest School of Divinity. He was an original member of the influential hip-hop consortium 116 Clique and is the author of “He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World.” Sho lives in Atlanta with his wife Patreece and their three children.

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Key Questions for Sho Baraka

-In your book, “He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World,” you put a strong emphasis on the power of stories. Why do you believe it’s important to understand our stories and where we come from?

-Why is history important specifically for church leaders as they shape and mold their congregations?

-Church leaders have so much pressure to speak well and with accuracy, but the process of creating art is different. How can ministry leaders work better with artists in their organizations so that they help them flourish?

-Why is it an imperative for you and other artists to speak up and make it obvious that there is brokenness that needs to be addressed?

Key Quotes from Sho Baraka

“When I think about theology, when I think about the things that we do within culture, good and bad, the stories we tell—the things that we say about one another, stick to people. And that forms a belief about not only what you think about yourself, but it also creates this canvas, this picture of what you think God is or who you think him to be and you carry that with you.”

“I get frustrated when I go to Christian creative conferences and there’s just a bunch of pastors talking about creativity, but nobody’s actually demonstrating creativity.”

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Jessica is a content editor for ChurchLeaders.com and the producer of The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast. She has always had a passion for the written word and has been writing professionally for the past five years. When Jessica isn't writing, she enjoys West Coast Swing dancing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.