Traditionally, Anabaptists have been wary of the visual arts in worship. This article, however, observes that modern culture presents unique challenges that were not present during the early Anabaptist opposition to the arts and that can be met by artists. Thus, the article calls for a union of art and ethics and a dual concern for both the transcendent and immanent, resulting in the intentional and imaginative use of the visual arts in worship.
Anabaptists see the church as a radical body of believing disciples. Worship arises out of this community of faith and is simple and egalitarian. It recounts God’s story of redeeming love through the ongoing experience of the community of faith.
Jacob Ammann (c. 1644-c. 1711) was the founder of the Amish Mennonites.
The traditional style of worship in Mennonite history has been simple, exhortatory, and penitential, focusing on conversion and holy living. Preaching has been the climax of the worship assembly.