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.

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.

3 Ways to Grow the “Yes!” in Your Church

The need for creativity and innovation is immense, and local churches are no different. Robert Schnase spends part of his ministry focused on helping church leaders identify and overcome obstacles to growth. In this second of two interviews about his new book, Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry, Schnase identifies three ways to foster creativity and innovation. These principles apply to both pastors and anyone with a message to share.

The Power of Yes to Release Unique, Innovative Gifts, Part 1

Creativity is severely inhibited when surrounded by a chorus of “no.” Robert Schnase has released a short, powerful book titled Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry that identifies some of the ways to overcome “No.” Schnase, a United Methodist Bishop, writes to help local church leaders tap into deep wells of latent congregational creativity. His insights help anyone working in an organization and struggling to be creative. The Bishop and I recently dialogued about his book. Here is the first of two posts on our conversation.

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.

Creative Works: How to turn a dated church campus into a canvas for storytelling

Creative Works is a blog series devoted to turning creative ideas into complete innovations. Every space tells a story. if you’re not intentional, the story your space tells about you may not be a good one. Here’s how I gave a dated church facility a facelift and made the walls a canvas for storytelling.

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Len Wilson Worship Arts

In over twenty years as a church creative, I’ve developed a theology and practice for creativity in ministry. I’d love to share it with your next gathering.

Why People Don’t Remember Your Message and What To Do About It

A lot of church leaders talk about vision. Our ideas look great to us, but what do they look like at a distance? Sometimes we can’t see past our own nose.

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.