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

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.

How To Find Your Creative Vision – Or Make It Better

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

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

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.

Walt’s Breakthrough: 5 Ways Creative Vision Drove Disney’s Early Years

Most of us hope for a future with incremental growth. But what if you could just blow it all up and make something, without limitations? Thinking this way is what we call creative vision. It’s knowing what’s needed, not what already exists or even what’s requested. All great advances – in our personal lives, in culture, in business – start with it. Here’s how Walt Disney expanded his world.