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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I root for disaster

Photo Props I root for disaster. Disaster happens when things fall apart, get destroyed, and fail miserably – all things we are usually afraid to embrace. The truth is, however, if we are going to have magnificent successes, we have to be willing to risk disastrous failures. Choosing to avoid disaster forces us to live…

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Monday

Monday inspiration slightly delayed by a tired server. Even technology needs to be inspired on Monday. What did you find, hear, see, or experience this week that inspired you?

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Creating A Dream Team

Photo Props Some people work best when they’re alone. But, even the loners need a sounding board from time to time. The more time we spend with teams, the more we realize that great art gets better when the right team is built. When we couple a great team with talent, vision, and hustle, there…

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Evaluation.

The hustle of church is intense. There is always something to be created for someone – videos, stickers, brochures, marketing plans, announcements, songs, set lists. It can be tiring just writing all these things out. In the middle of all of the chaos, there’s something we should always remember to do in order to make…

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Breaking Down

Working out and developing muscles takes hard work, pain and often hurts miserably. The same is true for our creative muscles. Creativity is a muscle that the more we use, the better it gets. But, much like pizza for breakfast before hitting the gym, there are some things that we need to find ways of…

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FedEx Days

Have you ever noticed that our best creative work often is inspired when we break our normal patterns or routines? In his book DRIVE, Danile Pink explains a new program that a lot of organizations have started to adopt. This program – called Fed-Ex Days – and its concept were developed by the team that…

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