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 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.

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.

What To Do When Your Creative Best Gets Rejected

At some point, it happens to everyone who makes something public. Your work gets rejected, sometimes with pejoratives and sometimes with kind words that kill. How do you react well and maintain your creative energy in the face of such negativity?

The Complete Checklist For Designing Creative Worship In 60 Minutes

Sometimes it can be daunting to turn a good idea into a creative worship experience. To help, I’ve pulled an easy checklist of essential strategic elements every worship service needs. Download this PDF for free and use it at your next meeting.

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.

One Way to Start the New Year with More Peace About Your Future

Another thought about planning and productivity, which is a theme for the month. This one is a bit counter-intuitive: it’s the idea that every day brings only one new thing.

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.