Help the Message Make the Journey

In church we’re taught about the power of the Holy Spirit when we share a message. In seminary we’re taught about the importance of theological integrity when we share a message. What we’re not taught, and what we desperately need, is a deeper understanding of the influence of our communication – our language, symbols, and signs – when we share a message.

The Neurological Reason Why Creativity is So Important to the Church

I am a creative director in ministry because I believe in the essential need for abstract ideas of any kind – including ideas about God – to find root in human experience in order for them to make sense, to take root in our hearts, and to affect change.

5 Rules for Work: What it Takes to Get More Creative

Coming up with creative ideas isn’t magical. It’s a skill to develop. Some people have been working on it for a long time, like TV Producer Shonda Rhimes. Here, she highlights 5 quick tips for creative productivity in the middle of a busy life.

The Creative Process, in a Nutshell

You need creative inspiration. You strain and stress. You Google the competition. You look through old notes. You feverishly pray. None of these methods work all that well. How do you find inspiration? Here’s what I have learned after years of thinking on creativity.

The Best Way to Reclaim Your Creativity Is To Love

Loving as God does and God encourages us to do, with our entire heart, mind, soul and strength, is how we recapture our creativity. The reason love is the key to creativity is because it’s the essential character of God the Creator, from whom all creativity flows.

Stay Geeky

“Geek” used to be a derogatory term. Now it’s a synonym for super-fan.

The Life Cycle of a Creative Idea And A Technique for Growth

There’s a life cycle to every creative idea. You can plot it, on a grid defined by Time on the X-axis and Awesome on the Y-axis. If you chart your current work on this map, you can learn where to apply your creative energy.

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?

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.

If The Goals You Set for the New Year Fail, This Could Be Why

As I dream about the new year, I have realized there’s one mistake I need to avoid making: the reason most goals don’t work is not that they’re too big. It’s that they’re too vague.

On Deciding If You’re On The Right Creative Path

Why I decided to abandon the creative path I’d pursued for 10 years, and two rules to help you figure out your creative future.