Commission

The Four Pillars of Lausanne are complete!

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The Four Lausanne Movement Pillars by Bryn Gillette

The Lausanne Movement was founded in the 1970’s by Billy Graham and John Stott in an effort to unify and coordinate the entire (and at the time fractured) Evangelical church. Through a series of conferences around the globe that served as the largest gathering of Protestant leaders from the most countries ever assembled, a defined identity and points of unified heart and mission were ratified by unprecedented numbers of believers. This new movement represented the global Bride of Christ and brought hundreds of churches, institutions, colleges, ministries, NGO’s, businesses, etc. together, with more joining every year, for the unified purpose of “The whole church bringing the whole gospel to the whole world.” Four pillars were chosen of the Lausanne Movement’s mission that would unify all its participants and act as a Biblically based guiding stars for the decisions and priorities of the Movement.

  1. The gospel for every person

  2. An Evangelical church for every people

  3. Christ-like leaders for every church

  4. Kingdom impact in every sphere of society

I have had the incredible privilege of being the artist in residence for the Lausanne Movement these past several years, working as an artistic ambassador of the Kingdom of God and a visual scribe to this beloved movement and to visualize their four pillars.  I want to humbly acknowledge that despite whatever skill I have stewarded from God’s gifts to me, the best parts of this work have come through me as a collaborative part of the much larger Body, and not from me.  I offer the caution that I will simply provide some ingredients of the thoughts and prayers that went into the making of these works, as a starting place for dialog and discovery, since the best and deepest components of what these paintings truly mean may not even be known yet, and certainly may not come from me.        

I was so honored and equally challenged by this opportunity to paint such a monumental subject.  What images could possibly capture the magnitude of God's heart for the limitless diversity of humanity and culture?  The process of painting was the act of internalizing the Lausanne Movement’s four pillars, and as I have been stretched internally to try to embrace them, I pray these resulting painted prayer would inspire their viewers with an increased passion to mobilize the whole church to bring the whole gospel to the whole world.. Your servant and brother in Christ, Bryn Gillette



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Lausanne Pillar 1: “The gospel for every person”.  

Acrylic on wooden panel.  20x32”. 2016.  

To highlight some ingredients that were placed in the painting: a central fisherman is casting his net over the entire world (each continent outline in gold), seen from an unexpected, sideways vantage, while a central cross comprised by the equator and international dateline anchor the work.  The net sparkles with the burst of blue and white light scattered across the globe as seen from satellite photography of current population densities and prophetically declares our prayer that God’s love would enfold every people group on earth and flood the remaining darkness with the light of the gospel.

Museum quality giclee’ prints are available of this image at the store link on this site.

 

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Lausanne Movement Pillar 2: “An Evangelical church for every community”.  

Acrylic on wooden panel.  20x32”. 2017.

The New Testament envisions the fully realized global Church as a spotless Bride prepared for her returning Bridegroom, Christ.  Standing on the New Jerusalem, this Bride is subtly depicted with her planetary scale feet standing on the literal holy land, holding the flame of the gospel in her hand, while this orange fiery light is born by diverse believers into every corner of the world.  As God’s Word does not return void, the Bride’s gown subsumes untold sparkling blue and white figures of every tribe, tongue, and nation streaming in to consummate her fully realized expression. May our passion to see the “whole Church” fully healed, unified, purified, and restored to her identity as the spotless Bride of Christ compel us to carry the whole gospel to the whole world with humility tempered zeal.

Museum quality giclee’ prints are available of this image at the store link on this site.

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Lausanne Movement Pillar 3: “Christ-like leaders for every church”. 

Acrylic on wooden panel.  20x32”. 2018.

The third pillar of the Lausanne Movement is embodied in the "Good Shepherd" sitting among his sheep.  Vignettes surround the central figure suggesting the varied roles these shepherds play throughout the globe, from an iconic image of founder Billy Graham preaching, to young biblical David with his sheep, to a female chaplain in the army and asian pastor serving communion.  While wolves hover in the background and allusions to darkness and danger surround the flock, the Good Shepherd sits at the center of his charges with calm strength as a spiritual refuge and friend. May our church leaders throughout the world derive their compassion, wisdom, leadership, and the sacrificial love to lay down their lives for their sheep and wash the feet of their disciples from the true source of these qualities, Jesus Christ.  

I wanted to embed the very DNA of what it means to shepherd, impart, and empower into the painting itself, so I invited one of my students, Andrew Knotts, to join me in the early stages of this painting.  He and I worked together to pray over the design and sketch the imagery, we built the canvas together, and painted the abstract foundational layers side by side. Andrew painted several of the wolves that can still be seen in the image, and am so grateful for Andrew's generous collaboration.  

 Museum quality giclee’ prints are available of this image at the store link on this site.

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Lausanne Pillar 4: “Kingdom impact in every sphere of society”.  

Acrylic on wooden panel.  20x32”. 2019.

As the fourth and final painting in the Lausanne Movement Pillar series, this piece seeks to sum up the other three works as well as paint a global vision of God’s Kingdom permeating the seven cultural spheres.  Remixed again here are the fisherman from pillar 1: “The Gospel for every person”, the Bride from pillar 2: “An evangelical church for every community”, and the Good Shepherd from pillar 3: “Christ-like leaders for every church”.  Christ is now crowned as the glorious and triumphant King, but as his upside-down Kingdom subtly infuses each sphere, it is not done as the leaders of this world who lord it over their subjects, but in selfless servanthood. Each of the seven spheres is set on a different continent of the world and is shown crumbling in the futility of man’s institutions, while Christ-like servants carry the DNA of the Kingdom in the form of equilateral (trinity) triangles joining into a new infrastructure of honeycomb hexagons.  This stems from the crystal structure of Nitrogen, the atomic element with 7 electrons, 7 protons, and 7 neutrons (777) figured here as the very fabric of God’s Kingdom from a universal scale to the very smallest subatomic particle of God’s creation. The seven spheres are set in the same format as Nitrogen, with two levels of elections. In the inner ring closer to the nucleus are two electrons (and spheres- Family and Religion), and on the outer ring sit the other 5:

  1. Family [Michelangelo’s painting, “The Creation of Adam” with the African pyramids] 

  2. Religion [The remixed Bride set in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil]

  3. Business [Dubai skyline, United Emirates]

  4. Government [China’s Forbidden City & the Tower of Babel]

  5. Education [Cambridge University, UK] - alma mater of John Stott featured just below.

  6. Art [Sydney Opera House, Australia]

  7. Media [Hollywood, CA, U.S.A.]

May the Center of it all, the Lord Jesus Christ, so restore the families on earth and his global Bride the Church that the “WHOLE Church”, all 100% of its members, bear his “whole gospel” into every sphere of society throughout the “whole world”.

Museum quality giclee’ prints are available of this image at the store link on this site.

All four sibling paintings meet for the first time June 25, 2019 in Manila, Philipinnes during the unveiling of Pillar 4 at the Lausanne Movement’s “Global Workplace Forum”.

All four sibling paintings meet for the first time June 25, 2019 in Manila, Philipinnes during the unveiling of Pillar 4 at the Lausanne Movement’s “Global Workplace Forum”.

A week of weddings

It’s been a week of weddings! From Saturday to Saturday, I presented three different gifts/commissions to three couples, driving with family from Charlotte, NC up to Hartford, CT the first weekend and then down near Atlanta, Georgia the following weekend (with a full work week teaching in between). Despite 2000 miles and 40 hours on the road, my kids never once asked “are we there yet”! God bless the inventors of car DVD players. It was such a joy to serve these families and patrons with my artistic gift. (I apologize for the poor color in these photographs… the lighting in the wedding events was limited).

The first of the wedding paintings was a commissions by Katie Timmerman for her friends Luke and Lindsey who were getting married on 10.29.18. Luke had been a sniper with the Army Rangers and Linsey is a school teacher. The image is built around the couple and an angel just behind them referencing their favorite verse, Psalm 91:11 “For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” [NLT] 18x36” Acrylic.

The second piece of the wedding week was a larger acrylic, 32x48” that was done as my first ever combination of commission and live event. This work was done as a visual testimony for my dear friends Tim and Phanuelle Pillsbury, also married on 10.29.18, who commissioned me to craft an image that would showcase God’s goodness and calling in their lives to hang in their home. I began the work in my studio, and then brought the piece to Hartford, CT where I was to be a groomsman in the ceremony. I was able to paint the groom in waiting and the rehearsal dinner blessings (in a tux) for the hours leading up to the ceremony, and during the reception I finished the work with images of the bride and components from the ceremony. My work culminated with me giving an explanation of the painting’s layered symbolism as a speech/ prophetic blessing for the couple near the end of the wedding reception. The full story deserves an entire blog post of its own, but hopefully that gives you enough to tease your imagination… It was an unbelievable experience!

The final of the wedding images was this past Saturday, 10.06.18, at the wedding of my cousin Rachel Gamble to Mason Lechner. I was able paint this watercolor of the wedding party between the ceremony and the reception while the couple took pictures, since it was all at the same venue. It was such a joy to catch them totally off guard and hand them the painting during the dance party, and have them do a double, triple take… “wait… that’s US… that’s right NOW! How did you do that?!” Painting fast has pros and cons, but it really is special to capture a moment in real time and give a gift that my cousin and her new husband can appreciate for a lifetime.