the best of what you need to know about crafting compelling content

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On my 5-year blog anniversary, here are five key principles for what makes for compelling, original content. I have learned most of this the hard way, in years of posting. These keys to getting people to line up to read your stuff apply not only to writing a blog but to any regular process of creating something, for example a weekly sermon.

6 Things on How to Figure Out Your Creative Calling

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God created us to flourish through creative expression. When we create good things, we’re actually co-creating with God, so that all the world would know and experience Jesus. Whether what we make is church-y or just everyday, our creativity isn’t random, but understood in the context of a call from God. Here’s are six things about creativity as a calling.

6 Career Options for the Creative Arts in Ministry

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If you or someone you care for has ever wondered what a creative arts career in ministry or church life might look like, here is a list of 6 options to make an impact (and a living) in creative ministry.

An Example of How to Tell a Story by Video and 3 Reasons Why This One Works

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This short film tells the story of what happened to two men who went on a trip to work at a Guatemalan facility for girls rescued from exploitation. It is one of the best examples of a short films about life change that I have been honored to be a part of. Here it is and three reasons why it works

How To Find Your Creative Vision – Or Make It Better

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Creative vision is a clearly defined, unrealized image of the future, based on our source of un-peace, that inspires others to join together in co-labor to inherit God’s lost gift. Every one of us has a creative vision for the future, but many of us don’t know it. If your vision isn’t something that makes you want to jump up and run around the room, then it’s not good enough. Here’s how to make it better.

Avoid Making These Five Technology Mistakes in Your Church with This Free Worksheet

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All churches use technology, but most churches woefully under-appreciate its storytelling influence. Avoid a future “archeology dig” of dead cables, endless runs and semi-operating equipment by correcting these five strategic mistakes that keep you from moving forward in ministry, and use this free planning tool to create a Technology Five Year Plan.

How to unleash your church creative arts ministry in 8 big steps

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There’s a tragic, invisible barrier that prevents churches from using talented artists and artists from serving God through ministry in the local church. Both churches and artists want to collaborate, but neither can seem to figure out how. To help, I’ve made a creative arts and communications ministry development roadmap.