Recently I’ve been pondering how creative types really need to be given space to find their process. Â We all have different environments that affect our creativity and artistry, both positively and negatively. Â My creative process is going to be different than yours. Â I think this difference needs to be given room to breathe and be celebrated. Â Many modern software and internet companies value creativity so much that they’ve completely altered the typical business and workplace experience. Â This shift has sparked countless new concepts and innovative technologies.
So then…I wonder what would happen if more churches adopted this approach? Â I wonder what would happen if it became common practice in church culture to engage the fringe creative artists? Â I wonder what would happen to the oh-so predictable worship services and ‘outreach’ events? Â My guess is that we would see a flood of inventive ways to express the truth and reality of our faith journey. Â My guess is there’s a chance we could find new opportunities to connect with people who live far from God.
I think, sadly, that too many church leaders are afraid of ‘releasing the creatives.’ Artists and creatives are often perceived as being rebellious and uncontrollable…granted, there are some justifications for those perceptions. Â However, I think it’s exactly those qualities that allow creatives to find themselves unsatisfied with the accepted norms of society and church. Â It’s this restlessness with the status-quo that causes us to constantly question why we do things the way we do and dare to dream about changing them. Â I’m hoping the time is close when more and more church leaders stop fearing and needing to control the creative people in their communities. Â Instead, I hope they will not only set them free to create, but take an even greater risk…partner with them.
I sat in awe the first time I watched this video. Â Incredible creativity in matching physics with what I can only assume was great patience in constructing and tuning this “Xylophone.” Â I believe this was made in Japan and the title loosely translates to ‘The Xylophone Of The Forest.’
I love that someone obviously gave space for the creators of this video, these artists and engineers, to find their creative process. Â This video isn’t the result of a charts-and-graphs board room meeting. Â This video is the result of creative people being allowed to work their creative process.
I’m Curious…How Are Creatives Encouraged To Influence Your Church Experience?