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?
It is wrong to say that we must create a vision of the future. The truth is, everybody has a vision of the future. Everyone lives out the images they have in their mind about their own future. Some are just destructive.
When we become adults, most of us stop making our mark on the wall, and in the world. We adopt a fixed mindset about our identity. But God has a bright future for us, which we discover as we un-learn how to conform to the world and rediscover our innate creativity.
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.
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.
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.
C.S. Lewis helped the Christian community rediscover Christian imagination, and that imagination isn’t in conflict with reason. If the imagination leads us in an irrational direction to an ultimately irrational area, it is a failure of the imagination as well as a failure of reason.