17 Ways to Share Your Content and Communicate Better (Part 2 of 2)

As you think about the ways you communicate with your networks, ask yourself this basic question: Does what you are communicating add value to others’ lives? Some of the most valuable kinds of communication are not teasers, but actual content itself. Here are 17 types of content – text, photos, and videos – that you can share with others through social media and other channels, to both help those to whom you speak and at the same time to clarify who you are – your brand.

An Example of How to Exegete Image in Worship

The root word for religion is the same root word found in ligament. A ligament is connective tissue that holds two body parts together. In the church, we are the body of Christ and our religion is the connective tissue that holds us together. What if you were to build a worship service around this image? Here’s a quick brainstorm about how that might look.

How to Communicate Better with Content You’re Already Creating, Part 1 of 2

You’re already making great material. Sadly, most of the time it goes in a folder. What if you could share the best of your content over social media and other channels, extend the life of your work, help people in your community, and communicate who you are in the process?

The Number One Reason Most Good Ideas Fail

Many people make the fatal decision to invest critical, precious time and money into ideas that are doomed for lack of this basic requirement.

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 acting fast on your rough idea makes it better

Have an idea? Don’t wait – Use your momentum to activate it, now. Even if it’s not perfect, get it online asap, then if it’s worth it, make upgrades and improvements as you go.

If You Want To Create Great Things, Stop Punishing Failure

The fear that we might get in trouble is so intense that if there’s even a hint of judgment we will shut down our creative thinking. The way past? Stop punishing failure.

A Little Idea to Kill Clutter and Improve Communication with 3×3 Cards

Everybody wants promotion, but if everyone gets equal promotion, the result is a cluttered mess. How do you organize print collateral into a single presentation? I designed a new deliverable: 3×3 cards.

6 Things on How to Figure Out Your Creative Calling

God created us to flourish through creative expression. When we create good things, we’re actually co-creating with God, so that all the world would know and experience Jesus. Whether what we make is church-y or just everyday, our creativity isn’t random, but understood in the context of a call from God. Here’s are six things about creativity as a calling.

What If It Seems Like You Don’t Have a Single Good Moment To Create?

My growing children and intensive day job steadily eroded my ability to pursue side creative projects. Eventually, I went through a bit of a personal crisis. I need time to create! So I made a decision.

6 Career Options for the Creative Arts in Ministry

If you or someone you care for has ever wondered what a creative arts career in ministry or church life might look like, here is a list of 6 options to make an impact (and a living) in creative ministry.