The 10 Most Helpful Creativity and Creative Arts Posts of 2015


P eople come to this blog to learn about the creative process and about the creative arts in ministry, and 2015 has been a record year, with an average of over 12,500 visitors every month (a 211% increase over 2014) and several new email subscribers most every day (get new posts by email here). Judging by shares, likes, comments and such, these ten posts have been the most helpful.

10. The Myth of the Right Brained Thinker

A new study says “right brained” thinking is a false construct. The myth of the right brained thinker isn’t helpful because it suggests that we’re either hard wired for creativity or we’re not, and also because it suggests that the only kind of creativity is that which is related to artistic expression. Click here to learn more.

9. How to Find a More Creative Life (According to the Bible) – Part 1

My book Think Like a Five Year Old is undergirded by a theology of creativity. Here I highlight and expand on some of the biblical passages that form the basis for the book, telling the story of God’s promise to us for a more creative life in Christ. This is the first entry in the series.

8. Eight Brilliant Insights About Story from Robert McKee

Story isn’t a flight from reality but a vehicle that carries us on our search for reality. That’s just one of eight truths from chapter 1 of Story, by Robert McKee. No other book about story should take precedence over this bible of narrative. The credentials that trail it around, while impressive, don’t begin to do justice to its inspiration.

7. 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.

6. On Deciding if You’re on the Right Creative Path

The Roy Rule and The Rudy Rule explain why I decided to abandon the creative path I’d pursued for 10 years and may help you figure out your creative future. Click here to learn more.

5. 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.

4. Presenting… The Trailer for My Book Think Like a Five Year Old

This is the video trailer for my book.

3. How To Get Rid of a 24 Page Bulletin

When I started as Creative and Communication Director at Peachtree, the church was producing 24-page bulletins in weekly worship. How could I get rid of this old albatross? The problem was, I couldn’t kill it right away, because the congregation was dependent: it was the main way the church communicated. If we killed it, people would have no way of knowing what was going on. So here is what my colleagues and I did.

2. How to turn a dated church campus into a canvas for storytelling

Every space tells a story. if you’re not intentional, the story your space tells about you may not be a good one. Here is how my Peachtree colleagues and I gave our church facility a facelift and made the walls a canvas for storytelling.

1. Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2015 Edition

While not all growing churches are healthy churches, healthy churches grow, because growth isn’t the goal; it’s the outcome. Through my long history in the United Methodist Church I have made it a practice to study innovation, which is organizational creativity. Here are 25 of the most innovative congregations. What can we learn about creativity and innovation from these impressive churches?

 

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Len Wilson

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Christ follower. Storyteller. Strategist. Writer. Creative Director at St Andrew. Tickle monster. Author, Think Like a Five Year Old (Abingdon).

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