What is the Purpose of a Creative Element in Worship?

creative element in worship

She asked, the leadership of my church is not clear on the purpose of a creative element in worship. Does it serve the sermon? Prepare people for the sermon? Is it just something “special” to keep things interesting? What is it for?

An Example of How to Exegete Image in Worship

The root word for religion is the same root word found in ligament. A ligament is connective tissue that holds two body parts together. In the church, we are the body of Christ and our religion is the connective tissue that holds us together. What if you were to build a worship service around this image? Here’s a quick brainstorm about how that might look.

How To Call People to Action with Stories in Worship

As Creative Director at a large church, I like to tell stories in worship to invite people from a corporate gathering to a next step on the journey of faith. What if each week, worship had a desired outcome? I like to tell stories of such action, and how to apply faith, through a Featured Story of the Week.

A Note About this Blog

As my thoughts have evolved, I have realized that it is helpful to split my posts up into two basic categories: the creative process, and creative arts in ministry. Here is my plan for these two specific audiences.

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.

Why We’re Missing the Mark on Metaphor and What To Do About It

If you’re like me, you were educated to make an argument by framing a proposition with statistical and anecdotal supporting evidence. While facts aren’t bad, the key to powerful communication is not analysis but the use of metaphors common to shared community life.

5 Reasons Why Your Church Needs to Be More Creative

Creativity is perhaps the hot topic of the decade. More and more people are exploring the generative power of creativity, including in church life. Consider these 5 reasons creativity can benefit your church.

Join Me For The First Keynotes on My New Creativity Book

The last week in June will be my first opportunity to present a set of talks related to my new book, Think Like a Five Year Old, and the study and research I’ve been doing on creativity and the life of faith and church over the past few years. I’d love for you to join me. Every registrant receives a free copy of my book.

The Plural Problem

We’ll never craft a message that changes lives if we cannot get past the plural problem.