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4 Month Course over 2 Locations

Incarnate is an artist’s journey of discipleship, theology, and cross-cultural ministry.

  • Grow in your skill as an artist and understand the significance of your artistry in God’s eyes.
  • Learn the theology of creativity and arts in the kingdom of God.
  • ​Develop an approach for engaging the world through your artistic skill– particularly as a cross-cultural servant to the least-reached and marginalized.
  • You will learn from experienced cross-cultural artists practicing ministry in a variety of contexts while also learning to express, challenge, and encourage yourself and others in new ways through your art form.


Two-month residency of coursework, studio time, and community life.
Two-month placement collaborating with local artists alongside an OM team.

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The following tracks are currently offered. These categories are open to artists and genres from any culture.


Life in Community

It can be inspiring to talk about community. It is quite another thing to live it! But there is no substitute for community when it comes to pursuing personal growth and reaching out in God's love. So,we intentionally pursue healthy living in a Christ-centred community every single day for 4 months. ​

Through healthy rhythms of work and play, you will discover biblical principles and interpersonal skills for healthy relationship in community. But we as staff are not the only ones doing the teaching here—we actively encourage each artist in the community—staff included—to speak into one another’s lives and receive from one another. This too is a learned skill, best practiced in safe community. Our goal is to provide just that: a safe environment in which to practice Living Together Beautifully, so you can bring those skills to any community to which God sends you.

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Formal Learning

At the core of the programme are three courses:

God’s Story: laying a biblical foundation for the arts, this course explores God’s core messages, character, creativity, and purposes.

Your Story: picks up the intersection of God’s Story with our stories, and how Christ is formed in us (Gal. 4:19). This course is framed using the literary device known as The Hero’s Journey; it includes the practice of spiritual disciplines and accountability.

10,000 Stories: presented by artist practitioners, sharing experience and practical tools, this course explores how our stories engage with one another in multi-cultural community. Classes will present material on culture, worldviews, issues relevant to cross-cultural ministry, and practical steps for collaborative ministry in cross-cultural contexts.

Topics are taught in a variety of teaching styles: lecture, discussion, collaborative activities and masterclasses. Classroom locations vary. We usually meet in a lecture hall, but don’t be surprised when we venture outside, into a cave, or a local museum.

Homework assignments are varied, thoughtful, and creative. Expect also to see spiritual formation seep into your daily devotional time, conversations, and Sabbath times.

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Integrated Outreach

Intentional, culturally sensitive outreach is part of the Incarnate program. Come prepared to do outreach together and in collaboration with OM and local churches.

During the residential portion, we like to bring artists out of the ‘Incarnate bubble’ and into the everyday lives of the local people. Some of this will happen on campus, as we live in community with the staff of our hosting facility. Other times it will be with neighbors, in local cafes, at the supermarket or laundromat.

During the placement portion, artists are sent out to different international locations for the second half of the programme to put into practice what they are learning and experiencing.

Exploration is encouraged through creative assignments, excursions, and research with local people—guiding you to engage deeply with your host community. Through prayer, guided research, and mentoring, you will respond personally and creatively to real people with real hopes and real needs. Learning local art forms and collaborating with local artists, Incarnate artist teams will design and implement creative community projects among the least-reached in partnership with local OM staff.

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Since worship is the "fuel and the goal in missions,” we take time to make this connection, continually. How do we worship? Incarnate staff and artists come from a variety of backgrounds and styles, so we develop our own style as a community. You can expect variety in our weekly routine: corporate singing and praise, creative worship with visual arts and dancing, reflective worship with lectio, cinema and visio divina, thanksgiving and celebration, intercession, study and prayer, in communion and Sabbath rest. In creative worship, we grow in the habit of infusing our craft into worship. As one of our former artists wrote, “God delights in our art as we do it with a spirit of excellence and a heart of worship. Our art can be worship, not just a tool.”

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Studio Time

Incarnate does not focus on teaching artistic technique. But excellence is key to us, and invariably, artists leave Incarnate stronger artistically than when they came. Why? Several hours are set aside each day for studio time; artists can hone artistic skills, learn from one another, and expand their creativity, in an environment of honest, constructive critique. Under the supervision of creative mentors, artists will be challenged to stretch into new techniques and arenas, and to develop their unique voices, incorporating new insights. Creative assignments are sometimes individual, sometimes collaborative, and will always seek to expand your horizons. ​

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Artists in Residence

In addition to the experienced staff, we invite practicing artists with years of ministry experience to live and create alongside you, hold masterclasses on their craft, and mentor you as you explore new ideas and processes. ​

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It is hard not to have fun when surrounded by artists from all over the world who love Jesus, life, and creating. From welcoming neighbours, local markets, and delicious cuisine, there is a world to explore right at our doorstep and further afield. We also like to find excuses to celebrate – from birthdays to the arrival of the weekend or warmer weather. Local celebrations and holidays offer unique opportunities to mix with the local culture, learn, and be a witness for Jesus. We encourage any artist who has the gift of fun to help us! For example, in past Incarnates, we have had an Irish ceili dance, American folk dancing, a Chinese New Year celebration, and Saturday morning hip hop classes! ​

How to Apply

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January 30, 2021 - May 22, 2021

Residential - Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Placement - Teams will disperse to a variety of international locations.

Plan for tuition, flights, and visas. For tuition amount, see: "How to apply" link below.

Incarnate 2021 will be in Hsinchu City in northern Taiwan. You will be living in community with the artists and trainers. You will share a room with one or two other people. For placement, you will be hosted by an OM team in a different country where you will be living in community with both Incarnate and OM team members in an OM facility.

All meals are included and will include a variety of international foods. Please advise of any dietary restrictions and allergies.

With advice from the OM office in your country, you will arrange for your own flights to both the residential and placement portions of Incarnate. Once accepted we will finalise pick up arrangements with you from the nearby airport or train station.

Participants should be in good health and advise us of any ongoing medical conditions or treatment. Short-term international medical insurance is recommended.

Your stay in Taiwan will be approximately 56 days followed by 57 days in a second international location. You may need to obtain appropriate visas. Once you have been accepted to Incarnate 2021, your second location will be assigned and an official visa letter will be provided should you need a visa for either location. ​

How to Apply

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