CU Impact Group & Arts Network

CU Impact Groups is an excellent resource by UCCF for the Christian Unions including creative CUs or creative small groups. CU Impact Groups are at the heart of CU life, helping and equipping students to live and speak for Jesus whilst at uni. Impact Groups are all about being impacted by God’s Word, then seeking to impact the university for good in Jesus’ name. They’re a wonderful place to make friends, get connected into CU life and receive help in finding a local church.

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Arts Network encourages creative students to use this resource and make the most of it. CU Impact Group are ready-for-use with 8 studies so far; a mixture of good questions for discussion, Bible input from a series of videos, praying time as well as extra books to read. This material can be easily customised according to your own university context. 

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Below are some additional specific questions that you can discuss as a group of art students on your creative campuses alongside your Impact Groups material.

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We encourage you to discuss these after or during

 the ‘Impacting the University’ section.

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Study 1: Philippians 1:1-11. Partners Together In The Gospel

  • At the beginning of this academic term we will be meeting new course-mates or reconnecting with your classmates and friends; how can we best start friendships or reconnect in a meaningful way?
  • How can we celebrate our common passions and deepen relationships? What about visiting the cinema together or open galleries? Sharing your favorite artists or sharing favourite meal recipes!

Study 2 – Philippians 1:12-18a – The Gospel’s Surprising Advance

  • How has social distancing affected your studio spaces and workshops? Who are the people you are meeting and developing relationships with? Who are the people you might have only known superficially before and how now due to restrictions might you become closer? How can you personally build a sense of community and friendship in your studio space or on your course? 

Study 3 – Philippians 1:18b-26 – Dying And Living With Jesus

  • In addition to our own struggles in sharing our hope, what other environments do you feel pressure to hide your faith? Your course environment? Your course-mates or tutors? Or subject matter of different projects? Spend time to think through how we can stand for Christ in these situations and make time to pray for one another.  
  • If we put other people first like Christ, how would this affect your studio activity, your attitude towards stress and deadlines, and your relationship with friends on your course? 

Study 4 – Philippians 1:27-2:4 – Unity Under Pressure

  • What would it look like if many of your friends and course-mates turned to Christ? What would change? How would it transform the studio environment?  

Study 5 – Philippians 2:5-11 – The Jesus Mindset

  • Knowing that God is delighted to work through us, just as we are, how does this affect the work we do? How does this apply to my artwork subject matter, or the design brief, my interpretation of a score, script or themes and my attitude to my work?  
  • How can we show our dependence on God in our decision making, in our work ethics and how we receive feedback, praise and crits? 

Study 6 – Philippians 2:12-18 – Shining Like Stars

  • Why is it important for Christians to be shining like stars in various creative industries? 
  • How can we as Christians listen and have a voice in our culture? What part do you play in that?

Study 7 – Philippians 2:19-30 – Two Of A Kind

  • What other objections do your friends have to Christianity?  Technology is the salvation of humanity? Christianity is outdated and limits our sexuality? Christianity is against feminism? There is no ultimate truth? 
  • Check out the Arts Network or Bethinking website for some thoughts on these subjects to help you give a better story and some answers.

Study 8 – Philippians 3:1-11 – Throwing Out Your Valuables

  • Do you have someone older, who is a Christian and has/had a career in a similar creative field? What wisdom have you gleaned from them?
  • Art and creativity can produce many idols or places we put our trust in instead of Christ. What idols have you found in your life, how are you battling with them and how can this be an opportunity to witness to others? 

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Taking it Further:

Further reading on Christianity and the Arts: