Creativity in the Church


Josh Hoffmann, our service programming director, joins Pastor Gene on the podcast today. Josh handles a lot of the creative elements that take place during our Sunday services. He and the media team work hard to keep our content relevant and engaging. Tune in as he and Gene discuss all things creativity!

As Christians, we have the greatest story to share; the gospel of Jesus Christ. It can be difficult to spread the news of Jesus when there are so many conflicting influences within out society. This is what makes creativity within the church absolutely crucial. Without engaging and relevant material, we are just another voice. We need fresh ideas in order to grab people's attention.

Josh and his team are working to do just that. They strive to create new, impacting, and intriguing content for our Sunday services and social media throughout the week. Anyone can be creative and Josh and Gene are diving deep into what that looks like.

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Does Creativity Play a Role in Organizational Success

Creativity is a vital component to the success of any organization. The problem is that most leaders don’t think they are naturally creative. In today’s podcast, Gene and Kelly discuss creativity and how it is so much more than we all think. Unlock your creative genius.

Top 10 Books for 2016

In this year end podcast, Gene and Kelly each discuss the top 5 books they read in 2016. Here is the list of 10 books. Click on the title of the book and order your copy today.

  1. THE 4 DISCIPLINES OF EXECUTION by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling 1. Focus on the wildly important. 2. Act on the lead measures. 3. Keep a compelling scoreboard. 4. Create a cadence of accountability.

  2. INSTINCT by TD Jakes Giraffes eat from tree tops and rarely drop their heads for anything but water. Cousins to the Camels, if they dropped their heads more often they would lose their balance. They don’t get their nourishment on grass level with turtles. They learn to avoid the clamour of what’s happening at ground level.  In leadership it’s best to eat from higher thoughts than lower ones. Leaders with a limited level of sight can’t be expected to see what leaders with a higher level of sight gain in perspective and wisdom.  Our opinions and vision is usually based on our perspective.Whatever stimulates us gives us energy and helps us be our best. Feed on what feeds your dream. We must live to unpack our inventory of uniqueness.

  3. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE by Leon FontaineThe thing to realize as you pray for people is that when Holy Spirit works, it’s not really about you. It’s not about your ability or lack thereof. The more you realize that, the more free you will feel to step into other’s lives to help, and the more you will communicate and act in a way that effectively reaches others.Being Spirit Contemporary isn’t hard. All you really need is to do two things: respect people and follow Holy Spirit’s lead.You can be Spirit Contemporary and change the wrapper (how you share the message) while leaving the gift (Jesus) intact.Being Spirit Contemporary isn’t about pleasing people so they will like you. It’s about being so confident, strong, and secure in your identity as a child of God that people notice the difference in your life and are attracted to you as you direct them toward Jesus.

  4. UNTHINK by Eric Wahl An “artist” Is anyone who challenges the conventional wisdom and inspires change that creates new channels of problem solving and innovating.5 things that help us rediscover our creative genius: 1.  Curiosity - As a child you had two things on your agenda: exploration and creation.  2.  Discovery - is the Holy Grail of childhood 3.  Conviction - the sooner we start working with the conviction that we can be creative, the sooner we recapture our sense of wonder. Don’t live wearing the mask of other’s  the convictions. Ask yourself: What makes me come alive? People unite behind people of conviction. 4.  Acceleration - Jack Welch said, “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” 5. Spontaneity -  Spontaneity inspires. Spontaneity is the bridge to mystery…and mystery opens our eyes to new possibilities.  Spontaneity counterbalances your left brain’s cry for safety and predictability. Our left brain tells us that our days are easiest when we know what to expect.  But our right brain reminds us that our days are inspiring only when we venture into the unknown.

  5. THE IDEAL TEAM PLAYER by Patrick Lencioni  Ideal team players possess adequate measures of humility, hunger, and people smarts. They have little ego when it comes to needing attention or credit for their contributions, and they are comfortable sharing their accolades or even occasionally missing out on them. Ideal team players work with a sense of energy, passion, and personal responsibility, taking on whatever they possibly can for the good of the team. Finally, they say and do the right things to help teammates feel appreciated, understood, and included, even when difficult situations arise that require tough love.

  6. TALK LIKE TED by Carmine Gallo    “The great truths of the world have often been couched in fascinating stories.” ~ Dale CarnegieThe ability to tell a personal story is the essential trait of an authentic leader. Make it personal.  Take the audience on a journey. If you want to be quoted, tell a story. An audience wants someone or something to cheer for. They want to be inspired. Captivate their imagination with a story. We can only reach minds if we first touch hearts.

  7. UNQUALIFIED by Steven Furtick    This is a book about understanding your identity in light of who God us. It’s a book about coming to terms with the good, the bad, and the unmentionable in your life and learning to let God use you.

  8. THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough   The Wright Brothers believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it would change the world, they imagined that it would benefit everyone else if they were successful. It was the Wright Brothers passion that took them where no one had ever gone.

  9. THROUGH THE EYES OF A LION by Levi Lusko    The best book I’ve read on how to handle grief. The story of Pastor Levi and Jenny and the loss of their young daughter Lenya 4 years ago and how they learned to anchor their faith in God despite a devastating tragedy.

  10. FAILING FORWARD by John Maxwell“The difference between average people and achievers is their perception and response to failure.”

FAILING BACKWARD Blame others Repeat the same mistakes Expect never to fail again Expect to continually fail Accept tradition blindly Limit themselves by their past mistakes Think to themselves:  “I’m a failure” Quitting

FAILING FORWARD Take responsibility Learn from each mistake Know failure is part of a process Maintain a positive attitude Challenge outdated assumptions Take new risks Believe something didn’t work Persevering

No matter how difficult your problems are, the key to overcoming them is not changing your circumstances, but changing yourself.



10.5 Commandments of Creativity

We have been learning about the 7 growth points of every organization. The 7 growth points pertain to every church, small group, business, or department. Again, they are: 1) The leader must grow; 2) the leadership team must be intentionally grown; 3) the leadership must work and grow the systems; 4) the numbers must grow (attendance for churches or number of customers for businesses); 5) the finances must grow; 6) the expectations must grow; 7) The facilities must grow.

In today’s podcast I’m going to focus on the 6th growth point, expectations. This is the growth point that warrants the greatest number of questions because it seems so unusual in comparison to the others. But make no mistake, growing your expectations will greatly impact the growth of your church or small group. Expectations draw on the anointing.

Remember when Jesus entered his home town? The Bible says he was unable to do miracles there. This is Jesus. God Himself! Yet, He was limited in doing miracles because the people were too familiar with him. They didn’t come to him with great expectations, because this was Jesus—Joseph and Mary’s kid—the one who grew up just down the street from them. They hadknown Him since He was a child.

When something becomes familiar, it loses the awe factor and the expectations decrease. When the expectations decrease, the anointing decreases as we see in the story of Jesus returning home. I don’t know about you, but I want our people to come expectant to church because I want the anointing and power of God to move in and amongst them. When our church services become familiar and predicable, we lose some of that expectation and it will negatively impact our services.

That is why it is important to regularly evaluate our attenders expectation level. And, when it is low—yes, we need to pray and ask God to intervene—but we can also go to work to practically address the problem. Of course, being practical doesn’t replace the power of God. But it is one way to fertilize the soil to allow God to go to work. I believe one of the best ways to practically impact the expectation level of your attenders is with creativity.

Here are the 10.5 Commandments of Creativity:

  1. Thou shalt create in___________________.Creative team’s are comprised of: i.___________________ii. ___________________iii. ___________________iv. ___________________

  2. Thou shalt give the right people a___________________.

  3. Thou shalt remember the ___________________ and keep it holy.

  4. Thou shalt hire___________________ men and women.

Avoid These People:

• Avoid people who cause___________________.• Avoid people who___________________ the conversation.• Avoid people who don’t ___________________.• Avoid people who always ___________________.

Get These People

• Get people who have a ___________________ heart for the church. • Get people who have ___________________ with each other.• Get people who move the conversation ___________________.

5. Thou shalt___________________ ideas and make them better.

6. Thou shalt be ___________________. 7. Thou shalt ask ___________________.

a -___________________s - ___________________k - ___________________

WHY: W =___________________ the point? H =___________________ do I pull this off? Y =___________________ style?

8. Thou shalt put in the___________________. 9. Thou shalt___________________ ___________________ ___________________.

10. Thou shalt not chase the___________________.

The 6 stages of creativity:

Stage 1: This is ___________________! Stage 2: This has___________________. Stage 3: This is___________________! Stage 4: I am___________________! Stage 5: This has___________________. Stage 6: This is___________________.

11. Thou shalt install the ___________________ principle.

The definition of creativity: To be consistently ___________________. To be predictably___________________. To be comfortably ___________________. To be on the radical edge of ___________________.

10.5 Thou shalt create a climate of ___________________.

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