PoeticWord Ministries was formed in August 2005. Poetry knows no bounds. I use it in my Christian ministry, too. [See below for Statement of Faith]
As a Christian who writes poetry, short fiction and literary nonfiction for the secular world, I have found that it is not hard to incorporate faith in my writing. I strive for a subtle touch; avoid preachy-ness. At the same time, I am not ashamed to mention The Christ in my work, but I don’t proselytize. I use the historical Christ, make Biblical allusions, adapt Biblical stories, etc. Here are 5 randomly selected examples of Christian imbued poetry in secular journals:
“A Taste of Fortitude” (Write Like You’re Alive anthology, Zoetic Press, 2018)
[It is a free pdf, but to get it hit purchase fill out the fields (email, address, but not your credit card, hit apply discount and finally purchase) the free pdf is downloadable and you’ll find my poem on page 44. It was created for a Bible study on character.]
“The Light in the Room” (American Diversity Report, 2018)
“On Handel’s Messiah” (Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, 2018)
“What About the Stars?” (Peacock Journal, 2017)
“The Psalm of Trees” (Eye to the Telescope, Issue 18, 2015)
And here are 11 more in secular markets:
“A Christmas Drama—Four Contemporaneous Scenes” (The Hellroaring Review, 2012, reprinted in American Diversity Report, 2018)
“Tohu va Bohu” (Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, 2018)
“a day with you” and “Church on a Hill” (Halcyon Days Magazine, 2017, page 25)
האדום האוהל (“Ha Adom Ohel”/”The Red Tent”) (American Diversity Report, 2017)
“Canon” (The Ekphrastic Review, 2017)
“Lentils & Rice” (Plough Publishing House, 2017)
“People Are Starving” (Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, 2017)
“Blank Pages” (Songs of Eretz Poetry Review, 2016)
“Her Faith is Not Blind” (Visual Verse, 2016)
“Inverted Flight” (Poetry Pacific, 2012)
Two-fold Mission Statement
(1) to express the inexpressible truth of Scripture, the revelation of nature, and His unfathomable love through poetry and commentary to all, not just the church
(2) to unify the body of Christ across all denominations and cultures and to reach out to the community to share His love
Statement of Faith
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth; in Jesus, the Christ, His only Son, our Savior and Lord; and in the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Holy Trinity, who leads and guides us in all truth.
We believe in the word of God because Jesus is that Word who became man, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin, Mary. He led a sinless life, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. And on the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from which He shall judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the holy apostolic and unified church: in one faith, one baptism, one Lord above all; in the communion of saints, who are the body of Christ and that we become His heirs because of His completed work of salvation when we confess with our mouth that He is the Christ.
We believe in Christ’s faithfulness to forgive our sins upon our repentance, and that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
We believe in His return for His saints, in the resurrection of the body and in life everlasting.
Our ministry shares poetry and biblical commentary in church services, revivals, Sunday school, prayer meetings, fellowships, Christian events, conventions, college campus organizations, community events, and in poetry readings & workshops.