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.

3 traps of growth and how to overcome them

Growth is dangerous. We labor to see things grow, yet when we become enamored with the fruits of labor, bad things happen. Here are 3 simple things to overcome growth’s problem.

Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2016 Edition

Deep in the roots of United Methodism is a call to grow churches. In the midst of an identity crisis, the United Methodist Church would do well to remember its origin as a church growth movement. These 25 congregations from the 2016 edition of growing churches offer a lot to learn from.

Fire Up Creative Thinking and Squash Your Winter Blahs

Does your energy and enthusiasm feel as frozen as the ground outside? Anyone can suffer from a winter of creative thinking. As a creative and a church leader, I have a few strategies to help warm up more creative thinking.

Why Sermon Images Fail and 5 Steps to Make Them Better

Preaching is changing, and more and more preachers are learning to communicate with images. But just because many congregations can now project an image in a worship service doesn’t mean we’re using them in ways that improve our ability to communicate. How can we do it better?

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.