Brad Griffith launched Clement Arts in 2012 as a means for artists, musicians, and writers to use their gifts to the glory of God and for the care of orphans. His family also pursues this cause through providing foster care to children. Brad practices writing in many forms, whether songs, poems, or blogs. He lives in Salem, AL with his wife and three children, the youngest of whom was adopted from foster care.
CA: How and when did Clement Arts begin? How did God call you to this ministry?
Clement Arts began in the fall of 2012 as a way to merge two things I am very passionate about — creativity and orphan care. I arrived at that place through a work of God in my own family. My wife and I felt a possible call of God to adopt, but mostly we just knew we had to do something for the sake of a child or children. (We have since become foster parents and are in the process of adopting a little boy.) At the time, we weren’t sure what that calling meant, but I had some friends who were already in the adoption process. At the same time, I was recording an album of original songs. A desire grew to use that project to benefit my friend’s adoption. Through that process, I became aware of and connected with another adoptive family at my church, and God began to show me the need that exists for so many adoptive families when they receive the call in faith, trusting Him to work out the costly financial side of adoption. So Clement Arts was born out of a desire to answer that need through the creative gifts of God’s people. From there, we connected to more and more families and artists as the ministry began to grow
CA: Did you ever expect for the ministry to grow into what it is now?
Yes and no. It’s interesting that we started this ministry with basically no money and no experience in the non-profit world. But I think if a ministry is worth doing at all then it’s worth giving it our best and seeing what the Lord does with it. So I always felt like Clement Arts had a lot of potential to do much good because we have a God who multiplies loaves and fish. Continue reading