What Are Some Secrets of High Functioning Teams?

Teams are far from a new concept by now, but few teams function well, and fewer still are what I’d label as “high functioning teams.” What elevates a group of individuals that work for a common goal to a team that is able to do great things?

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.