Published on January 31, 2009
A Philosophy of Creativity By Gregory S. Waddell Mid-South Christian College February 2006
Creativity Smashers • Fear • Criticism • Risk Avoidance • Tone of Voice • Confrontation • Competition • Insecurity
Building a Creative Environment • Define Creativity. • Communicate Why Creativity is Important. • Develop a Creativity Mindset. • Formulate a Theology of Creativity. • Build an Environment of Creativity
Defining Creativity “An ability to see things in a new way, to put familiar things together into new and unfamiliar forms that nobody has ever put together this way.” Source: Katharine Weber, Cited in Patrick, 2006, p. 31.
Defining Creativity “The strange human compulsion to give physical expression to mystery.” Source: Michael Card, Cited in Zoba, 2000, p. 63.
The Importance of Creativity God-hungry people are “looking for a bold fellowship, and what they [often] find is a complacent society concerned to an absurd degree with its own internal politics or so unimaginative as to suggest that the world can be saved by three hymns and a sermon.” Source: Trueblood, 1980, pp. 8-9.
A preservation mindset denies the Church’s true nature.
A Theology of Creativity “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” ─Genesis 1:26, NASB
A Theology of Creativity Far from being the enemy of the faith, creativity may in fact be a core manifestation of the Spirit of God working in His people.
An Environment of Creativity • Set up a creativity team. • Acknowledge those who contribute ideas. • Provide special recognition. • Tell the stories of successful new ideas. • Make creativity a core value. ─ Paige Leavitt, American Productivity & Quality Center
Creative Assumptions • Within three years, at least a third of the things we are currently doing will go away. • Everything has a shelf life of fewer than four years. • Allow new members to contribute to your brainstorming potential.
Allow the Holy Spirit to Speak “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials.” ─The Apostles and Elders in Jerusalem, Acts 15:28
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