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 Call People to Action with Stories in Worship

As Creative Director at a large church, I like to tell stories in worship to invite people from a corporate gathering to a next step on the journey of faith. What if each week, worship had a desired outcome? I like to tell stories of such action, and how to apply faith, through a Featured Story of the Week.

A Note About this Blog

As my thoughts have evolved, I have realized that it is helpful to split my posts up into two basic categories: the creative process, and creative arts in ministry. Here is my plan for these two specific audiences.

Why We’re Missing the Mark on Metaphor and What To Do About It

If you’re like me, you were educated to make an argument by framing a proposition with statistical and anecdotal supporting evidence. While facts aren’t bad, the key to powerful communication is not analysis but the use of metaphors common to shared community life.

How to Create Great Things: Ruin the Romance

If you create something, you want it to find a home in the wild. You want your baby ideas to grow up and have influence. It’s why you raise them! But for them to live well on their own, you need to understand this critical aspect of the market.

How to Use Storytelling To Make Your End Result Great

If you want your big idea – your sermon, talk, presentation, film, video, marketing campaign, you name it – to resonate with the ones to whom you’re communicating, you need to learn what makes for a good story and how to apply it to any situation.

My 3 Part Plan to Help Church Become More Meaningful for People

This blog exists to live out a life mission statement I’ve followed since I was a young student, frustrated with the esoteric language and symbols of the church. I have dedicated my career to helping the local church improve its ability to tell the story of Jesus. Here is why I do what I do and the core commitments I believe can make a difference.

How To Get Rid of a 24 Page Bulletin

When I started as Creative and Communication Director at Peachtree, the church was producing 24-page bulletins in weekly worship. How could I get rid of this old albatross? The problem was, I couldn’t kill it right away, because the congregation was dependent: it was the main way the church communicated. If I killed it, people would have no way of knowing what was going on. So here’s what I did.