But if I say, "I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.


God created us to be creative because He is creative. Through the process of honing an artistic knowledge base and skill set, we learn to become better observers of God’s creation, of His work in the world, and of ourselves and our place in God’s work. We also learn better control of our motor skills and our mental processes, thereby contributing to our overall physical, mental, and spiritual health, and to the wellbeing of the people around us.

Redeeming Art Ministry uses art workshops as a discipleship tool, in which participants learn how to internalize and communicate Scripture and Biblical principles through making and displaying work while learning technical craftsmanship and fine art skills. Project prompts are directly derived from Scripture. Individuals 16 years old and up, of all skill levels, are invited to participate with a willing and teachable spirit.


Instructors and participants will meet for two hours once per week for six weeks each session. Each meeting will begin and end with group prayer. Each session will begin with an introduction of the instructor and of basic design principles. A typical session will include two projects, with three weeks devoted to each project. The project prompt will be presented in a devotional format on the first of the three weeks. The instructor will lead participants through prayer and Scripture from which the project prompt is derived, pointing out the key Scripture for both the instructor and participants to memorize. Participants will be instructed to research and design projects between the first and second weeks. The second and third weeks will be used to execute projects according to the prompt given and with the oversight of the instructor. Instructors will be trained to ensure the Scripture-based integrity of all projects made through Redeeming Art Ministry.

Each workshop session will result in a gallery show to present the work made during the workshops to our church body and community. Participants are encouraged to invite at least three people they know to an opening event for the gallery show where participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss the Scripture they have learned in context with the work they have made. Having gallery shows will provide opportunities for those not involved in the workshops to receive the message of what is made and to experience God’s creativity through observation. It will also give workshop participants the opportunity to view the impact that their work can have in the lives of others through the work of their hands. At the end of each session, we will host a gallery opening where participants will be encouraged to invite their friends and family to view their works with the participants present, before the gallery is open to the church body at large.

To maintain one-on-one interaction and a discipleship focus, registration is limited to 12 participants per session.

Session 1: Foundations (drawing)

June 23–July 28, 2021
In the first session of Redeeming Art Ministry, we will gain a technical foundation in drawing and a spiritual foundation in the basis for our faith in Jesus. We will begin by drawing in black and white and then in color, learning to be observant and sensitive to the things we can perceive with our eyes. At the same time, we will develop a Scriptural basis to help us be more observant of God's work in our lives.

Session 2: Testimony (Painting)

August 18–September 22, 2021
Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 p.m.


In the second session of Redeeming Art Ministry, we will gain a technical foundation in oil painting and a spiritual understanding of how to perceive and deliver our testimony, pursuing the instruction in 1 Peter 3:15, which says, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." Our final painting will be a self portrait representing our individual testimony. Registration will be open June 23–August 11.

Session 3: Connections (Fiber art)

October 13–November 17, 2021
Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 p.m.


March 9–April 13, 2022
Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 p.m.


January 12–February 16, 2022
Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00 p.m.


Participants will pay a fee at the beginning of each session to cover the cost of tools and materials for the projects made during that session. The fee for a basic workshop will be $40  per participant. More costly and technical projects will have a higher price point that will be assessed as those projects are developed. Participants may use their own tools and materials but will still be expected to purchase the kit for the workshop.


Nicki Licking is a 3-D maker and graphic artist based in El Paso, Texas. She holds a BFA in Studio Art Metals and has been employed as a full-time graphic designer since 2012.

Nicki made a profession of faith and was baptized into the family of faith at First Baptist Church of El Paso in 1995. "I am convinced that my purpose is to glorify the name of God, to point all those around me to know Him, and to walk alongside other believers as we develop deeper relationship with our Savior. He has given me art as a tool to accomplish that purpose."
Our desire is to expand the art ministry to include at least three additional instructors with a solid foundation of both theology and art education. If this appeals to you and if you are willing to be trained to instruct or assist with Redeeming Art Ministry, please email Nicki at nlicking@fbcep.com to express your interest.