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Creative Atmosphere?

As we are developing our creative teams, each of us desire that creativity oozes out of our team as we meet together.  I have found that some of my best creativity has been initiated when I was away from the brain storming meetings.   So the big question is how do we create a creative atmosphere? How can we access the most creativity out of each team member.

Creative People

The first step is very obvious, make sure that during your meeting you have creative people.  Creative people are all around us.  They are the visionaries, the people who have an oceans of ideas and concepts rolling around in their mind bursting to get out. 

Preperation 

To set the stage for creativity we need to think through what we need to bring to the table during our brain storming time.  Have you communicated to your team in advance the focus of your meeting so that they have time to think through ideas and even bring concepts to the creativity meeting?  Imagine if you were meeting to think through staging and multiple team members brought visual staging ideas to the meeting and those concepts led to the perfect set up for your staging.  Giving your people time to process ideas before the meetings helps the atmosphere as a whole to be filled with more creativity. 

Open to New Ideas 

No blocking!  For those of you who are not familiar with blocking, blocking is anytime during a brain storming session that an idea is shot down.  If you want to lower your creativity then ignore this idea, but when we create an environment that we are open to any and all ideas we spark more creativity.  This also gives your team a sense of safety.  So ideas that we bring to our meetings may be far from achievable, but sharing those ideas may be the key to unlock our ability to reach the group of people we are trying to reach. 

Know Your People

When we are part of a creativity team each of us need to know who is on the team – know their abilities and what triggers their creativity.  I know I am the most creative in the morning while drinking a cup of coffee.  It really helps spark my creativity!  Each person on your team will be different, but the more you know the more opportunities you will have to help draw out their creativity. 

If you can think of any other ideas that helps you create a Creative atmosphere.  Please let me know – leave comments:)

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Purple States

I have recently began watching Purple States tv.  The New York Times have selected five people throughout the United States (Iowa, South Carolina, California, Florida and Maine) to interview the Presidential candidates.  These individuals are not professional journalist or political specialist, they are citizens asking the candidates questions that are effecting the American people.  These selected citizens are asking questions that are regarding:  war, energy, out sourcing jobs, health care, and much more.  Each of us should take this very serious.  We need to know who the candidates are and how they can make a better future for America.  Check out Purple States tv to learn more about the journey these five citizens take together as they learn who the candidates are all the way through Super Tuesday.

Choosing Your Creativity Team

As we assemble a creativity team it is important to know what we are looking for.  We don’t want to choose just any person.  Some foundational guidelines you will want in place when you are choosing individuals for your team are:  is the person trustworthy, able to work well with others, and won’t get offended if their ideas aren’t used.  I know this seems very basic, but I have seen people put together teams where they have had individuals that took away from the team.  If those people are not teachable it will impair the creativity of the group.   

The second part of putting together a team is knowing the purpose for your team.  Some creativity teams are for ministry assessment, sermon preparation, and others for designing, etc.  Some people are more creative in certain areas due to being involved in that field or just because that is the way that God has gifted them.  You would never want me on a creativity team discussing sports.  I know about sports – I do watch them every once in a while, but I would have a very limited view on the different components of sporting events.  Defining your creativity teams purpose will help everyone understand what the team is trying to achieve together. 

In some creativity teams you might want to define the roles of those who are part of the team.  You definently want to make sure everyone knows who is leading the group and who makes the final desicions.  If you add any specialty team members to your group, it would be a good idea to let everyone know the role of that team member so they could have a better understanding of the functions of the team as a whole.

Last, we need to see who is available?  Some teams members we assemble are from within our church, but sometimes we can pull people from outside our church fellowship to help further our team’s creativity.  Maybe they would add a lot of value if they were brought in as part of the creativity team.  Some individuals due to past experience help bring insight to the area that we are trying to be more creative. Some leaders may choose individuals from outside of our church fellowship for a short term commitment, other leaders may see the value to have the individuals part of the team for a long term.   The purpose of the team determines who you choose and the time frame they are to be part of the team.   

Those are some of my thoughts.  If you have any thoughts that you would like to add.  Leave me some comments! 

How to Develop Creativity??

My mind is always thinking through things and one of the things that I was thinking through is this whole idea of developing a creativity team within our ministries.  What are some main components needed to find the right team, create a creative atmosphere, and how to stimulate creativity as a team without rehashing old ideas – or maybe we should say developing new creative ideas.  

I have noticed that ministries who do not have a creative team in place and work alone limit their ministry potential.  I am in the process of setting up my office as a brainstorming meeting room and I have also turned my walls into story boards to help our ministry team see the larger picture of where we are as a ministry and where we are going.  It really helps us as we write down our ideas and make them visible to the whole team.  Once I get my room all the way up I will post some pictures. 

I would love to hear some of your ideas.

Top 10 Billboard Signs

I was checking my blog statistics and someone was looking for the top ten billboard signs.  I did a little searching and I found the top ten billboards .  This is one of my favorites….

sign from god

Here are some other billboards that I thought were also great!  Check them out! 

tooth care

This one is for Formula tooth care.  The copy says, “builds strong teeth.” 

ponds

That is some deep cleaning!  lol! 

jeep

This one I give for the best creativity!  Jeep did a great job! 

lame sex

Granger Community Church had one of the best billboard ads of 2006.  Has anyone else found any other great christian billboards?

Bathtub Party Day

There is almost a holiday for everyday of  the month.  Today is “Bathtub Party Day”  The day came about for the simple reason that most people today don’t have time for a leisurely bath. In fact we barely have time for a quick shower! Well December 5th is different. “Bathtub Party Day” is a time to immerse yourself in a long leisurely bath. 

I have looked everywhere for this holiday on the calendar, but the only place that I found it is through the e-card industry and other blogs.  I heard about it on the radio this morning.  Here are some great e-cards that you might enjoy.  So slow down and enjoy the bubbles.

Stephanas

gift 

Have you ever met people who authentically care and show their love for each other by meeting people’s needs?  I have seen snap shot pictures of this in my life.  People in the church making meals for those who have been in the hospital, a teacher who actually cares about how a child learns and gives extra time and attention to see the child succeed, a phone call of encouragement, unexpected gifts for those who are in need, people just showing support by sitting with you as you go through tough times in your life and people using their giftings to help you accomplish a need in your home or life.  This could be as basic as household maintenance to using your area of expertise to help a person reach their desired goal – there are endless possibilities. 

The family that scripture marks as a giving family is the household of Stephanas.  We see that from his conversation that “their families heart was devoted to the service of the saints.”  We don’t know the extent of their service, but we do know that it was noble service.  Paul encourages other believers to join the work that this family was doing and not passively stand and watch on the sidelines.

You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it.   I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.  1 Corinthians 16:15-18

(Read more: Paul baptized this family.)  1 Corinthians 1:13-17

We see that they had such a large impact upon the church that Paul also encouraged other believers to submit to the leadership of those like the Stephanas family.  This family must have had a heart of love that extended to those they came in contact with.  They would have been encourager’s in word and in their deeds.  I know many of our Christian communities have individuals like this, but there is a great need for each of us to be part of helping build up the body of Christ. 

I know during the holiday season we are encouraged to help those in need, but it is my hope that the love of Christ will motivate each us to carry the gift of giving throughout the year.  

Merry Christmas?

Wish Me a Merry Christmas

A recent survey released by Rasmussen Reports after the Thanksgiving holiday showed that 67 percent of Americans favor the phrase “Merry Christmas” being used in seasonal advertising while only 26 percent would choose “Happy Holidays.”  There are many Christians choosing not to shop at stores that are choosing to market Christmas with the terminology’s “Happy Holidays” they feel this is one step of taking Christ out of Christmas.  In fact there is ” Wish me a Merry Christmas” campaign to combat against  retailers who are choosing to take Christ out of Christmas. 

 I am interested to hear back from you guys and tell me your thoughts on this.  How do you think the body of Christ should respond to this?  I know James Dobson  believes that we should communicate to retailers by choosing not to shop at stores who take this stand.  What do you think??

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