Becoming A Creative Leader

Photo Props Creativity is a battle. It’s fighting for great and refusing to settle for good. It’s being willing to fight and do hard work to develop something new, better, different, unique, awesome. It is an honor to get to lead creative teams into battle every day. From time to time, though, we have to…

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Audacious Faith For Your Creative Dreams

Ben is an inspiration. He takes giant leaps of faith that require audacious faith. When I asked him a few months ago in NYC what he was dreaming up next he started to unpack this amazing and massive idea. Today I get to share a piece of it with you. He and the rest of…

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Now…Wait

Sundays are whiplash. There are emotions everywhere on a Sunday because we are passionate about creating great experiences for people to engage our Creator. Most of us get the privledge of working with volunteer teams in order to create these environments. Since we are responsible for creating great and creative church services it is our…

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Adjust or be Adjusted

A very important lesson that I have learned in life is this: Adjust or be adjusted. As creative people, we need to be intentional with our ability to adjust. We should daily be ready to adjust to markets, timelines, circumstances, personalities, opportunities, risks, or even successes. As creative teams, we develop solutions. When we stay…

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Necessary Creative Personalities

photo props The best creative concepts are birthed out of the idea that we may not know the answer, but we are willing to try and figure it out. Finding solutions and making the complex simple is key to great creative teams. One of the biggest creativity killers is an ego. When creative people start…

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Think Like A Kid

Every year around this time, I start to get excited about the STORY conference. This is the conference for the creative class. I love the approach Ben takes to create this experience and the inspiration that is shared by attending. The theme for STORY 2011 is IMAGINE NATION, which speaks to the power of spiritual…

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The Art Of Life

Photo Props There is art in life. But in order to have access to it’s power, we have to be paying attention. More often than not, people discredit the art in their life as commonplace because they don’t feel they are creative or creative enough. We take for granted the fact that we have the…

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Be Bold With Your Vision

photo props Every church or organization has a vision. It is their ethos, the filter they use to pass on ideas. This vision becomes the rallying cry for the organization when times are hard. It takes a bold leader to keep their organization or department on vision. At Cross Point, we have a mission statement…

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Are We Creating Creativity?

Photo Props In 1976, psychologist Silvano Arieti wrote a book entitled “Creativity:The Magic Synthesis.” Arieti specialized in two fields: creativity and schizophrenia. Honestly, the two are probably not as far apart as we would first believe. Arieti’s book summarized nine conditions that he felt were necessary for creativity: 1. Alone. Being alone allows us to…

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Talent & Skill

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr. There is a big difference between talent and skill. Anyone can develop a skill, but not everyone is blessed with talent. Often we…

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