Small Innovations are Neat, but Big I Creates Real Growth

There’s a spectrum of innovation that happens when we think creatively about our problems. Most of us aim for small innovations all the time. A better process for retaining guests. A more efficient way to track paper costs. A social media strategy that results in higher engagement. And so on. But while we spend most of our energy on Small I, it’s Big I that creates real growth. Further, Small I rarely leads to Big I. Big I is something else entirely.Further, Small I rarely leads to Big I. Big I is something else entirely.

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.

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.

5 Ways Creativity is a Part of a Healthy Church

My favorite image of the Body of Christ is a symphony orchestra. In Christ’s Body, each of us has a part to play, and our conductor is God’s Holy Spirit. The trick is to find your part. When you choose the right instrument, develop your skills, and contribute your talents to the common score, and everyone else does the same, the result is pure beauty. A finely-tuned symphony is like a healthy church. Here are five ways creativity, and the art of playing a part, are key.

My 3 Part Plan to Help Church Become More Meaningful for People

This blog exists to live out a life mission statement I’ve followed since I was a young student, frustrated with the esoteric language and symbols of the church. I have dedicated my career to helping the local church improve its ability to tell the story of Jesus. Here is why I do what I do and the core commitments I believe can make a difference.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 6: Ministry

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 6 highlights ministry.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 5: Worship

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 5 highlights worship.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 4: Theology and Mission

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 4 highlights theology and mission.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 3: Leadership

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 3 highlights leadership.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 2: Age

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 2 highlights age.

Church Growth in the 2010s, Part 1: Social and Ethnic Position

The latest survey results of the long-running Hartford Institute church growth study. Part 1 highlights church social and ethnic position.