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Improve your ability to communicate the gospel
Master the use of image, story and art in delivering a message
Learn techniques for becoming more creative in your work at in your personal life
Diagnose why your media, creative arts and communications aren’t functioning at a high level
Acquire better leadership skills to lead your creative arts, media and communications ministries
Catch up with today’s best practices in ministry
My life passion is to use oral, written and visual communication with equal effectiveness to tell the story of Jesus Christ and advance God’s kingdom. I’ve been practicing this calling for almost 25 years in full-time local church ministry and through a combination of writing, consulting and teaching around the world.
If you feel like your ministry and your congregation could benefit from an improved understanding of your own ability to communicate the gospel, contact me today and let’s discuss how I can help.
The following three talks, each based on my book Think Like a Five Year Old, can live separately, as a keynote and subsequent workshops, or as a sequence, say for a retreat setting. They are ideally suited in the sequence in which they’re listed.
Think Like a Five Year Old
Supposedly, since we’re made in the image of God the Creator, we have creativity in us. This may be theologically true, but most of us don’t know it to be so. In fact, the vast majority of us don’t consider ourselves to be creative at all. Maybe that’s why recent workplace surveys say most of us want to quit our work. Learn the story of creativity: what happened, how to reclaim the art God designed for you to make, and unlock real innovation right where you live.
Techniques for Cultivating Your Creativity
Creativity and its application, innovation, begins with personal habits we form. In this workshop, learn creativity as a spiritual discipline: how to overcome the tyranny of the blank page, how to tame your schedule – and your mind – to leverage good ideas, best practices, and more.
Innovation is Creativity That Ships
Innovation is where the creative rubber meets the road. Often, our problem isn’t lack of ideas, but an inability to realize them. All great innovations are applied creativity, which is frequently mischaracterized as the uncreative work of project development. In this workshop, learn how to refine your raw creative ore into complete projects. This is the workshop for improving your capacity to get things done.
I also speak on a variety of topics related to creativity and communication in church life, such as:
10 Practices I Wish Every Church Leader Understood About Creative Arts and Communication
I’ve been practicing the craft of creativity, visual arts, and communications in church life since 1995. Here are the core creativity questions pastors and church leaders perennially deal with and answers I have discovered in the work of daily ministry.
Taking Flight: Best Practices for More Creative Worship
I’ve been practicing, studying and teaching about creativity in worship since 1995. Here is the best of what I have learned, including a vision for innovation in worship, how to build a design process that works, tips for planning and development, and how to overcome the obstacles that frequently keep teams from taking flight together. Based partially on my book Taking Flight With Creativity: Worship Design Teams That Work.
Five Brand Secrets to Communicating a Compelling Vision
People don’t give time and money to pay your light bill, but to see lives changed. While we may cognitively understand this, we disagree in practice, because we communicate the process, not the vision for what might be. People don’t care about your process. This workshop focuses on the idea of your brand as a promise and five secrets to developing campaigns and leveraging technology that focuses on your shared dreams and aspirational possibilities.
(For Church Leaders) How to Make Your Church or Organization More Creative
While many are talking about the power of story, few are creating a good corporate environment for successful storytelling to flourish. Instead, while leaders want more creative and dynamic environments, and storytellers and artists want a place to practice their craft, often the two groups can’t seem to work together. In fact, many leaders diminish creativity in their staff without ever knowing it. This session explores secrets to unlocking creative potential. How can you create an environment for creatives to flourish?
(For Communicators) Seven Secrets to Help People Remember Your Big Idea
Marketing is a hassle. You’ve got your cool creative idea produced and it sure would be a heck of a lot easier if people would automatically flock to it. Of course, this doesn’t happen. You’ve got to get the word out. To some extent, other people can help you do this, but when it comes down to it, the number one champion for your big idea is you. The first step is to admit your ownership. Say to yourself: I am responsible for marketing my own big idea. There, that wasn’t so bad. The rest is cake. Just follow these seven strategic approaches.
(For Worship Leaders) Ten Common Questions About Using Screens in Worship
Whether novice or seasoned veteran, these are the basic questions that everyone needs to know in order to use screens more effectively in worship. Consider this a crash course on screen use in your church. Based on my books The Wired Church and The Wired Church 2, and two decades of experience working in the trenches of church communication.
(For Marketers) Jesus Marketer: How to Craft a Message That Changes Hearts and Lives
Many of us think of marketing as a necessary evil that comes after the more noble and meaningful work of creating the big idea. We like to pretend that how we present our idea doesn’t matter. And yet our efforts often float away without reaching those who so desperately need it. The package matters. Lucky for us, Jesus had a marketing strategy. The question is, in addition to communicating about Jesus, what if we began to communicate like Jesus?
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