Help the Message Make the Journey

In church we’re taught about the power of the Holy Spirit when we share a message. In seminary we’re taught about the importance of theological integrity when we share a message. What we’re not taught, and what we desperately need, is a deeper understanding of the influence of our communication – our language, symbols, and signs – when we share a message.

3 Tips on Making an Important Life Choice

Recently, I faced a life-altering choice between two career options. Here are the three things I did that most heavily influenced my final decision.

13 Quotes on the Power of Metaphor to Subtly Shape Belief

James Geary’s I is an Other is an insightful read on why metaphor works in connecting with people, and creating meaning, and how the choice to dismiss metaphor is a risk to our aims to influence others.

The Neurological Reason Why Creativity is So Important to the Church

I am a creative director in ministry because I believe in the essential need for abstract ideas of any kind – including ideas about God – to find root in human experience in order for them to make sense, to take root in our hearts, and to affect change.

Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2017 Edition

How do churches grow? The best way to know this question may be to look very closely at churches that are growing the best. Learning from other good ideas, or what’s called “Small I” innovation, can help. But in my annual list of the top 25 fastest growing churches, most don’t just practice Small I – they pursue Big I innovation, which is something totally different.

The Top 10 Most Helpful Posts of 2016

According to the data, more helpful posts appeared on lenwilson.us than during any previous year. Here are the top most helpful ones. Did you see them all?

5 Rules for Work: What it Takes to Get More Creative

Coming up with creative ideas isn’t magical. It’s a skill to develop. Some people have been working on it for a long time, like TV Producer Shonda Rhimes. Here, she highlights 5 quick tips for creative productivity in the middle of a busy life.

3 Examples How Unique Weekly Art Makes A Sermon More Compelling

Many churches that preach in sermon series create a single brand image for the duration, which is often six-eight weeks. I prefer to give each series a family of unique images, one per week, all related to the core theme. I describe it to people as the weekly work of art. Here are three examples.

Tips to Improve Your Weekly Email Newsletter

When I arrived at St. Andrew, I felt that the weekly email newsletter was not being leveraged to the best of its ability. So we shut it down, then relaunched a new one a few weeks later. Performance of the new design is through the roof. Here’s what we did, why it’s working, and some of the philosophy behind it.

The Creative Process, in a Nutshell

You need creative inspiration. You strain and stress. You Google the competition. You look through old notes. You feverishly pray. None of these methods work all that well. How do you find inspiration? Here’s what I have learned after years of thinking on creativity.

The Best Way to Reclaim Your Creativity Is To Love

Loving as God does and God encourages us to do, with our entire heart, mind, soul and strength, is how we recapture our creativity. The reason love is the key to creativity is because it’s the essential character of God the Creator, from whom all creativity flows.