Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

The Elephant in the Church

September 11, 2007 Leave a comment

National Community Church is doing a new series called “The Elephant in the Church.” The series ‘plays off the old idiom: the elephant in the room. It’s a reference to obvious truths that everyone ignores.‘ It is a great creative idea and I think some things will come out that people in the pews really need to hear about.

In week one NCC focused on gray elephants, meaning the disputable issues found in Scripture that are not black and white. After preaching on alcohol Pastor Mark’s wrote this:

“Not sure how to say this, but I felt like a pastor today. I think it’s easy to talk about easy topics that everybody agrees on. But navigating the topics that are tough to talk about is part of what it means to be a pastor.”

Categories: Churches, Creativity, Quotes

What is Easy, What is Hard

Totally agree with Casey on this…

What is easy for the church to do (the same kinds of sermons, songs, styles, etc.), is difficult for people to talk about. People will not go to work the next day and tell their friend about what you did. But it was easy for you to plug in a few songs where the songs normally go or preach the same style sermon you always do.

What is difficult for the church to do (creativity, edgy, excellence, etc.), is easy for people to talk about. People will go to work the next day and tell their friend about what you did. But it was difficult for you to choose how the welcome could be done creatively or what you could do that people would never expect.

Categories: Creativity, Ministry

Random Easter Egg Drop Idea

Not completely sure how churches were executing their Easter Egg Drops but I was thinking about it today (for some odd random reason) and I wanted to write myself a note.

Maybe you could include a ‘grand prize number’ on each ticket inside the eggs. People would then be encouraged to visit the church/egg drop website and fill out a short informational form or survey before entering their prize number to see if they are the BIG winner.

This would do 3 things: 1) bring traffic to the church website; 2) provide the church with information on who attended the drop; 3) create a list for future mailings and follow-ups.

Categories: Creativity, Ministry

More Heroes

No way.

My creative genius is being blown to smithereens. My only defense is that I thought of this last September and have waited to post it until now.

Categories: Creativity, Ministry


June 1, 2007 1 comment

I emailed a blogging pastor friend yesterday with the idea of crafting a sermon series called “Heroes.”

My idea is that you could build off of the popular TV series with the same name and look at character traits of different heroes in the Bible – people like the OT patriarchs and general Bible heroes like David and Joshua. You even could use the heroes of the faith listed in Hebrews 11.

Well, it looks like National Community Church is ripping me off. J/K, but they are launching a new series with a very similar premise to mine. Their pastor blogs

We’re kicking off a new series after Chapter Two titled Hero.

We’re going to look at some of the unsung heroes of Scripture. Behind every David there is a friend named Jonathan; behind every Esther there is an uncle named Mordecai; behind every Jacob there is a brother named Esau; and behind every Paul there is a sidekick named Barnabas.

Why didn’t I think of that? Oh wait, I did. 🙂

Categories: Creativity, Ministry

Mark’s Ongoing Ministry Lists

Mark keeps adding lists from his sessions at the National New Church Conference. Here are a couple more he’s sharing.

5 Keys to Creativity:

#1 Keep Learning
#2 Exegete Culture
#3 Brand Sermons
#4 Disrupt Routines
#5 Keep Experimenting

Seven Steps to Sermon Branding:

#1 Come up with a series title
#2 Create a series logo
#3 Design a series evite and invite
#4 Brainstorm Big Ideas
#5 Shoot a Series Trailer
#6 Design a microsite.
#7 Add Sermon Props

Categories: Creativity, Ministry, Preaching

8 Ways to Think Like a Genius

November 16, 2006 Leave a comment

Here are a few suggestions from Study Guides and Strategies regarding how to think like a genius…

1. Look at problems in many different ways, and find new perspectives that no one else has taken (or no one else has publicized!)

Leonardo da Vinci believed that, to gain knowledge about the form of a problem, you begin by learning how to restructure it in many different ways. He felt that the first way he looked at a problem was too biased. Often, the problem itself is reconstructed and becomes a new one.

2. Visualize!

When Einstein thought through a problem, he always found it necessary to formulate his subject in as many different ways as possible, including using diagrams. He visualized solutions, and believed that words and numbers as such did not play a significant role in his thinking process.

3. Produce! A distinguishing characteristic of genius is productivity.

Thomas Edison held 1,093 patents. He guaranteed productivity by giving himself and his assistants idea quotas. In a study of 2,036 scientists throughout history, Dean Keith Simonton of the University of California at Davis found that the most respected scientists produced not only great works, but also many “bad” ones. They weren’t afraid to fail, or to produce mediocre in order to arrive at excellence.

4. Make novel combinations. Combine, and recombine, ideas, images, and thoughts into different combinations no matter how incongruent or unusual.

The laws of heredity on which the modern science of genetics is based came from the Austrian monk Grego Mendel, who combined mathematics and biology to create a new science.

5. Form relationships; make connections between dissimilar subjects.

Da Vinci forced a relationship between the sound of a bell and a stone hitting water. This enabled him to make the connection that sound travels in waves. Samuel Morse invented relay stations for telegraphic signals when observing relay stations for horses.

6. Think in opposites.

Physicist Niels Bohr believed, that if you held opposites together, then you suspend your thought, and your mind moves to a new level. His ability to imagine light as both a particle and a wave led to his conception of the principle of complementarity. Suspending thought (logic) may allow your mind to create a new form.

7. Think metaphorically.

Aristotle considered metaphor a sign of genius, and believed that the individual who had the capacity to perceive resemblances between two separate areas of existence and link them together was a person of special gifts.

8. Prepare yourself for chance.

Whenever we attempt to do something and fail, we end up doing something else. That is the first principle of creative accident. Failure can be productive only if we do not focus on it as an unproductive result. Instead: analyze the process, its components, and how you can change them, to arrive at other results. Do not ask the question “Why have I failed?”, but rather “What have I done?”

(HT: Church Relevance)

Categories: Creativity, Mind