The Christian Performing Artists’ Fellowship (CPAF) is a multi-denominational ministry dedicated to performing and teaching the classical arts to the glory of God and to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CPAF is the sponsor organization of the MasterWorks Festival, an intensive, four-week festival for advanced and passionate students of the performing arts.
Equipping the classical performing arts world to know God and make Him known.
To see the classical performing arts world full of the Love of God, and empowered with the message of Jesus Christ.
2020 was a unique year and MasterWorks was one of the only music festivals held across the country. With the numerous restrictions and safety protocols in place, we were able to have a two week Chamber Music Festival. We spread out across the Converse College campus, and took advantage of safe spacing for small chamber ensembles. It was such a privilege to even have a festival and our students and faculty especially enjoyed making music together at a time when most other festivals were cancelled. Audiences were greatly reduced but were able to seat comfortably in the 1500 seat Twichell Auditorium. We are thankful for how the student body, the esteemed faculty, our wonderful host Converse College, and our amazing Spartanburg Community came together for the 2020 Festival.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God (II Tim. 3:16). It is the only infallible standard for our lives, and its teachings must be the absolute authority of CPAF’s ministry (Josh. 1:7-8).
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Lk. 3:21-22).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 2:9) – the Messiah (Jn. 4:25-26) whom God had promised to send for the salvation of all who believe (Lk. 4:21), in His virgin birth (Matt. 1:20-25), in His sinless life (Heb. 4:15), in His miracles (Jn. 15:24), in His atoning death on the cross (Col. 1:22), in His bodily resurrection (Lk. 24:46-48), in His ascension into heaven (Act. 1:9), and in His personal return which He has promised (Mt. 24:30-31).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:26), enabling Christians to live godly lives (I Jn. 3:24), and convicting unbelievers of their need for Christ(Jn. 16:7-8).
We believe that man has rebelled against God (Isa. 53:6), and that all who are not born again through Jesus Christ are separated from God and in need of the Savior (Mt.7:13-14; Jn. 3:3).
We believe that salvation, eternal life, and reconciliation with God are found only in Jesus Christ (Jn. 5:24; Acts 4:12).
We believe that the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ has been entrusted to men to proclaim to everyone (Mk. 16: 15-16; Rom. 1:16)
We believe that there will one day be a judgment of all men (Mt. 25:31-32): those who are saved will receive eternal life with God (Jn. 3:16), and those who are lost will receive eternal punishment (Jn. 3:36).
God has given CPAF the challenge of corporate evangelism within the performing arts world. We recognize that argument over different interpretations of certain passages of Scripture would hinder the execution of that task. We believe God has commanded us to avoid “passing judgment on disputable matters” (Rom. 14:1). CPAF shall be focused on seeking and maintaining the Lordship and direction of Jesus Christ over His Body (Col. 1:18). All those in leadership shall continually seek His mind and will through His Spirit and the Word of God in all actions and decisions (Ps. 32:6).