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

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 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.

Bring Your Vision to Life with These 8 Free Creativity Resources

Improve your creative thinking and discover great things in your ministry and personal life with 8 practical, free resources from my Creative Toolbox.

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.

5 Ways Creativity is Essential to Your Christian Discipleship

If we want to make disciples of Jesus Christ, it’s essential that we understand the relationship between a teacher and a disciple. What better way is there to accomplish this than to model our disciple-making process after the original disciple maker, Jesus?

5 Ways Creativity Will Make Your Worship More Meaningful

I didn’t know it at the time, but for about five years I was blessed to be part of a singular experience designing worship. We didn’t think what we were doing at our church was special; we were just having fun and making stuff. But the impact was far reaching. Here are five sustainable ideas from that experience that are more relevant today than ever.

Presenting… The Trailer for My Book Think Like a Five Year Old

This is the trailer for my book, Think Like a Five Year Old. My kids are my little geniuses, and my friend Ron Dawson shot and cut it together. To learn more about Ron’s work, visit daredreamer.net.

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: Find a Structure

Identify a favorite writer and study from her or him. Ruin your romance and figure out what hooks you. And then apply whatever structures you spot to your own next work.

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.

4 Reasons This Worship Story Charmed My Church

These lessons on why this short film, produced for worship at my church, worked so well extend to any storytelling you hope to do at your church.