2019 Third Chair Summer News - Roy & Christine Cochran

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Third Chair

Loving the creative community by...
• setting a table where they can belong,
• speaking identity into their hearts, and
• inspiring them in their imaginations.

Hello Friends

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Growing Artist Guild Gatherings

(Scroll Down to read more about Artist Guild)

Summer is HEREand with it comes opportunities to get away with family and friends by investing our time and energy into relationships. God continues to invite Christine and I into more and more relationship with creative people. 

We are so honored that people like YOU keep up with us, partner with us, pray for us, communicate with us, and do lifewith us. You encourage us with how Third Chair and our relationships are impacting your lives. 

We wanted to share a few highlights of how God is opening up new doors for us, how He is growing the Artist Guild community, and how He is challenging us with greater invitations for faith

As I write this, we are preparing to travel to Europe for David's Tent in England, to connect with relatives, friends, and artists, celebrate a postponed 25th Anniversary and experience what God is doing internationally in the places we visit.


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New Doors opening up for Third Chair Ministries

• Conference for Leaders of Artist Collectives - Nashville
• Connecting Fender Guitars with Worship Leaders

• Ambassadors for David's Tent

New Doors opening up for Third Chair Ministries.

God uniquely placed within me a gift, a desire, an ability to connect with people in an extraordinary way that can only be described as supernatural. It's been said that I'm one of the most connected "nobodys" in the world, meaning there's really no reasonable explanation for the vast diversity of people that intersect Roy and God's Love through me, except GOD. All of these connections have stories attached to them, which I love to share.

Conference for Leaders of Artist Collectives

• Connecting Fender Guitars with Worship Ministries and Leaders

Ambassadors for David's Tent

Conference for Leaders of Artist Collectives

Brett

One of these stories is about a guy from Australia, Brett, who is gifted in composing, orchestrating and conducting beautiful orchestral music. He was invited to become a worship pastor in Nashville. We met the week he arrived in the USA at a conference I was speaking at in Nashville and GOD did something beautiful between us. He has since founded an Artist's Collective in Nashville at his church and has composed beautiful orchestrations for many Christian artists you may enjoy listening to.

Brett contacted me regarding an area people continually ask him about: How do you start an Artist's Collective?How do you lead one? How do you get anyone to show up?At times, gathering Artists has been likened to gathering Unicorns. By working together, we are taking steps towards a gathering—inviting these leaders from around the country to come together and learn, share, and enjoy community with others called/invited by God to join Him in caring for His kids who are stepping out in their creative expression (aka artists).

We are learning that this is not an easy thing to actually do. A gathering like this could actually impact artist groups nationally and perhaps internationally. Crazy, right?

Challenges:
"Who do you think you are?"
"How are you going to pull this off financially?"
"How are you going to get to Nashville?"
"Will anyone really come to this?"

Sound like anyone in your head? Could it be . . . Satan? He's always challenging God's truth, God's kids, and God's invitations. He attacks our identity as sons & daughters. He attacks our faith.

We could use some help with this. If this is something stirring your heart and faith, you can partner with us by faith to see a Conference for Leaders of Artist Collectives happen in Nashville in 2020.

Consider Investing - 2 Airfares to Nashville
Consider Praying - I'd like to pray for this Gathering

Consider Connecting - I'd like to connect you with an Arts Leader I know

Connecting Fender Guitars with Worship Ministries and Leaders

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Another one of these stories is about a guy who has innovated guitar sounds, guitar designs and guitar tone for everyone from Taylor Guitars to Line6, from Tone Lounge Custom Guitars to Fender Guitars. Recently, he was promoted to VP of Research and Development for Fender Guitars.

Brian has brought not only his genius for guitar innovation to Fender Guitars, but also his heart into his role at this legendary & iconic guitar maker. It is already changing the atmosphere in the way Fender values those who play their guitars and those who make them.

A new initiative is to better connect Fender Guitars with a leading demographic of people buying and using guitars—The Church. If you watch any reality TV shows like The Voice or American Idol, you will continually hear that a huge number of contestants got their musical start at church. How many night clubs with live music are in your city—2-5 at the most (Nashville, Austin, and major cities don't count)? How many churches with live music are in your city—20-40? These churches feature and foster live music/worship. It makes sense for Fender to want to build a relationship with them, but how?

Brian has led them into a strategic plan for doing just that and, as a product of a long standing friendship with Brian and his intentionality to invite Fender into his relationships, I have been invited into that plan.

It's my hope that BY FAITH, we can be a part of an iconic, legendary guitar company truly becoming a friend to the church musician. Brian's heart is to innovate instruments that will inspire people. It's also our heart that the church musician was designed by God to inspire culture. Brian once told be that Leo Fender used to say, "I feel like when I put a guitar in the hands of a musician, it's like giving angels wings." This relationship will inspire new songs to be written, strengthen and support worship services around the world, encourage ad inspire musicians in the church.

Challenges:
"Who do you think you are?"
"How are you going to pull this off financially?"
"How are you going to even do this?"
"How is this even ministry?"

Sound familiar? With any project that has the potential to bring glory to God, Satan is always challenging God's truth, God's kids, and God's invitations.

We could use some help with this. If this is something stirring your heart and faith, you can partner with us by faith.

Consider Investing - Travel expenses for a weekend introducing Fender instruments to a large church or region
Consider Praying - I'd like to pray
for Worship Leaders & Artists to build a relationship with Fender Guitars
Consider Connecting - I'd like to connect you with an Worship Leader or Artist I know who might want to build a relationship with Fender Guitars

Ambassadors for David's Tent

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We are so expectant for David's Tent to arrive in the USA. For the last 30+ years of my life, I have been pouring my life into the area of Worship because that is where I first connected with God. Worship has also been the place where I've experienced the most natural place for people to have a supernatural connection with God. Our life can really be summed up as "we live to see people live connected to God."

I'm taking my family over to England to join with David's Tent in their 8th year of hosting an atmosphere of 72 hours of worship. It has literally changed the atmosphere in England & the UK and we expect nothing less as we host His presence at David's Tent USA. We have hosted a few DT Nights of Worship and now we are ready to for our first 72 hours of worship at David's Tent at the Del Mar Fairgrounds this October 10-13th, 2019.

As Ambassadors, we hope to connect David's Tent with as many churches in the region. I am sure it will grow quickly as soon as people experience what we are talking about. here is a link to learn more about David's Tent.
https://www.davidstent.net

If you'd like to get involved with David's Tent, we are looking for over a hundred people to join with us as team builders. If you'd like, I could come meet with you and or leaders from your church. We'd love to get the word out as we are a little more than 2 months away. I'd even be happy to share during announcements at your church service and share a brief video.

Consider Investing - buy your tickets today to David's Tent
Consider Praying - I'd like to pray for David's Tent

Consider Connecting - I'd like to connect you with my church about promoting David's Tent


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Growing Artist Guild Gatherings

A table is being set for a Community of Artists, Creatives, Storytellers coming together around a beautifully prepared meal, creative inspiration, spiritual identity, and a powerful love for God, one another, and our neighbor.

Growing Artist Guild Gatherings

A table is being set for a Community of Artists, Creatives, & Storytellers coming together around a beautifully prepared meal, creative inspiration, spiritual identity, and a powerful love for God, one another, and our neighbor. I suppose a good clarification to make here would be to define GROWING. What do I mean when I say "Growing Artist Guild Gatherings"

growing - adjective

becoming greater over a period of time; increasing.

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The primary area we desire to see BECOMING GREATER in the lives of the creatives who come to Artist Guild would be INTIMACY WITH GOD & HIS PEOPLE.  When you experience God loving you, it's intimate, it's personal, it's real. When you have a belief that God loves you, it's a position that could lead to an experience, however love, real love is always meant to be experienced. God IS love and He'd love you to encounter & experience Him loving you. THAT, Him loving us, is what transforms us. Him loving us is what heals us. Him loving us is what gives us the ability to love those who actually treat us like sh*t. Him Loving us inspires us to dream with Him, create and innovate, take unreasonable risks (aka faith), and do things (with Him) that others wouldn't dream of doing.

BUT HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN? Great question. It quite simply is a bit of a mystery how God invades our hearts, our minds, our world, let alone an Artist Gathering, but He does! Here's what we do know. Loving these creatives is His idea. He has simply invited Christine and I and our Third Chair Artist Guild Curation Community to JOIN HIM in loving His kids who are creatively alive. The way we feel He has directed us is to set a beautiful table for them where He can invade their conversations, their imaginations, their lives. He wants us to leave Him room to speak into their hearts and minds and not necessarily speak for Him. He has given us a freedom to expect Holy Spirit to do a greater work of GROWING these creatives in these loving, imaginative, and delicious evenings. 

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I've found that loved people, love people, meaning people who are being & experiencing being loved by God have the capacity to love others as an overflow of God loving them. "We love because He first loved us." 

SO . . . this area of GROWTH, of increase for this community of creative people is about INCREASE on the inside, in their hearts and minds. 

In 2 Peter 3:18, Peter puts it this way: “You continue to be nourished in grace and in the intimate knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah, and of God the Father.”  Spiritual growth is yielding to the grace of God and having passion to know Jesus Christ intimately. In time, we grow into his beautiful image.

I'm happy to report that we are seeing GROWTH like this at the Artist Guild.

Our next Artist Guild is September 9th.


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Artist Guild

Close to 50 creatives from all over Southern California came together for our Artist Guild.

Our theme was "Show Me Something Beautiful".

Here’s a few photos from our July 15th Artist Guild.

Photos & Video from

July 15th Artist Guild Gathering

Live Music: Chris Falson, Kevin Walt, Joe Urquhart
Collaborative Art: Tom Clark + 50 individual expressions painted by those in attendance.
Gourmet Burger Bar: Chef Sue Bibee.

The home/studio/backyard of Thomas & Theresa Clark - San Juan Capistrano • Video shot by Trevor Cochran • Photos by Jesslan Lee Photography