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Think Different

Do you remember the Apple“Think Different” campaign?  As I begin thinking through church development, I notice that many churches take the approach of memicing churches that they are modeling their churches after.   While using principles and ideas to enhance what we are already doing as a church is fine in my opinion.  To mimic and try to reproduce to scale what successful churches are doing is limiting our creative ability that God has given each of us and lowers our divine potential.

The key to church development is not to be like or even out do other churches.  We must begin creating environments within our church that forces us to be creative and think different.   We don’t think different to just be different.  We think through different applications of ministry concepts to be more affective in reaching people.  Imagine how affective our churches could be in reaching people within our community if we begin engaging our creativity within our church community.  Within TrueLife we have creativity teams that we use to help our ministry teams.  In doing this, the creative potential is unleashed and new ideas and concepts are birthed.

We were all created to be different, so let’s be the original people God created each of us to be.  We can change our world one creative idea at a time.  Think Different!

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My Office

During one of my last creativity blogs I mentioned that I was redesigning my office to help set the stage for our creativity meetings.  So here are some pictures that I have taken to help you see how we put together story boards for our ministry (Or any area that you are trying to brain storm.) to help your team visualize where you are going as a ministry team. It is also a great way to keep everyone on your team on target.

over all room

white board

We have a white board for brainstorming sessions.

Anu Story Board

This story board is used to see the annual direction of our ministry. 

ind story board

The purpose of this board is to target individual ministries and brainstorm the effectiveness of the ministries, goal setting and even future ministry dreams. 

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:)

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.

Susanna

Do you rememer the lyrics from the song Oh SusannaStephen Foster wrote the song back in 1847.  I really don’t remember where I heard the song as I was growing up, but I know I heard it somewhere.  Well today I want to talk about Susanna, but not the lady from Alabama.  The Susanna that I want I want to highlight on is the Susanna that we read about in scripture in the New Testament.  She is only mentioned once in scripture, but let see what scripture says about her. 

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.  Luke 8:1-3

One of the things that we see about her is that she was either demon possessed or had an incurable disease.  We know that she had an encounter with Christ.  She was set free from a stronghold and then followed Christ and the twelve disciples, helping support the ministry of Christ through her own means.  We really don’t know what type of means Susanna had, but whatever she had she was willing to use it to help promote the kingdom of God.  Some great things that I see revealed in her life is:

#1 She was a woman that overcame a huge obstacle in her life through the healing power of Christ.  The difficulty in those who struggle with a life controlling problem is that they have to cope with the sickness until they receive the healing.  My mother in law lives with me and has a chronic illness and everyday she must overcome the pain and limitations she has due to this illness.  We continue to believe and wait for the healing, but waiting can be difficult.  Susanna overcame limitations in her life until the healing power of Christ came.  This gives all of us who are waiting on our healing great hope. 

#2 Susanna was totally surrender to Christ and willing to give of herself to help proclaim the kingdom of God.  We live in a culture today that expects the pastoral leadership to do the work of church while everyone else watches.  We call this the consumer mentality.  This was not the case for Susanna, she was serving and giving her time, energy and whatever she may of had to support the ministry of Christ. Many of us think about Jesus’ leadership team being mainly the twelve disciples, but Christ had a huge support leadership team, like Susanna who enabled Him to minister. They helped prepare their conference meetings, where they were going to stay and much more. 

#3  I already said this, but I want to make sure we don’t neglect to understand that Susanna gave of her own means.  She managed her resources well and gave what she had to make sure that the ministry of Christ could have the resources needed to continue. I know in the back of minds we are saying to ourselves that Jesus didn’t need Susanna’s support, Jesus could have made food and any other supplies needed to just appear as he spoke them to life.  I would agree that he could have done this on a regular basis, but that would have been a disservice he would have done to his twelve disciples, if he choose to raise up his core ministry team without teaching them the value of the body of Christ.  We all have different giftings and talents to edify and build each other up.  I have to believe that Christ encouarged his beleivers to operate according to the giftings and function in accordance to his teaching about the body of Christ. 

I know it is so easy to pass by the gospel of Luke and not give attention to Susanna, but when we do this, we neglect to see the need that each of us have for Christ to take care of our needs and enable us to be the church.  An active church that brings life giving change through Christ as we come in contact with people in our everyday life. 

Church Marketer – Tychicus

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I am really intrigued by the staff that Paul had around him to help him serve the many churches that he ministered to.  One of the guys that Paul speaks about is a faithful church marketer.  Now he isn’t going around making billboards or t-shirts, but he is promoting Paul’s ministry by going around to churches sharing what God is doing in Paul’s ministry.  He would of probably been a guy Church Marketing Sucks would have highlighted on there papyrus blog.  The marketer that I am talking about is Tychicus.  He is mentioned five times throughout scripture, but let’s focus on a couple of those scripture to take a window peek at his life. 

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. Colossians 4:7-8

Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.  I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.  Ephesians  6:21-22

Acts 20:4  2 Timothy 4:12    Titus 3:12

Tychius was not only a marketer, but he was an encourager, a great communicator, administrater and someone that Paul could trust and depend on.  This marketer had multiple jobs within his area of ministry like many of us do today. 

When I see who Paul had surrounding him in his ministry, it makes me ask myself, who do I have on my ministry team?  Most of us have a couple great leaders that are working with us, but for others it is time to begin building your ministry team. We limit ourselves and our ability to do things with excellence when we choose to do things by ourselves.  We all need administrators – those who can organize, marketers, encourager’s, and those who have great communication skills to help us get the message out about what God is doing within our ministry.  This doesn’t happen overnight, we must first begin by identifying who we already have on our team, all we need to do is find the ministry area that fits them, and help empower and equip them to be affective.  When we do this our ministry will begin to reach people we could have never reached alone. 

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