Your Origin Story is Sending You Clues

The origin story sets the ground rules for the story of the life that follows. Sometimes, though, the story’s caretakers lose sight of the origin. Rediscovering and knowing your origin story in a deep way provides a key to understanding your identity.

My 2017 Church Creative Goals

I work as a church creative director. A lot of people ask me what that means. To give you a glimpse, here is a list of organizational goals for my creative team and I for 2017.

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.

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.

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.