Instead of handing out goods and services to meet people’s needs, what if we were to give them dignity and self-sufficiency by helping them realize the good things God gave them to do with their lives? Here’s how to use creativity to transform the work of the church.
Creative thinking and innovation is hard anywhere, but especially so in an institution that turns daily practices into sacred rituals. Church innovation in particular isn’t for sissies. Here are seven encouragements from the man who changed a tradition 1900 years strong. As with many creative inspirations, it began with frustration.
Eureka moments don’t happen to the madcap lone genius in his studio. The myth of the blinding flash isn’t helpful because it persuades us to not do the daily work. The way to overcome this myth is through Input. Make daily exposure to new ideas part of your creative routine. Your mind cannot sift and recombine ideas—a process known as “Incubation”—if you don’t first put in the hard work of giving it new material to work with.
Story isn’t a flight from reality but a vehicle that carries us on our search for reality. That’s just one of eight truths from chapter 1 of Story, by Robert McKee. No other book about story should take precedence over this bible of narrative. The credentials that trail it around, while impressive, don’t begin to do justice to its inspiration.