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5 Ways to Foster Creativity In Your Church

I get the feeling that churches like left-brained people more. I don't think it's intentional, but we tend to gravitate toward people who have teaching and organizational gifts rather than creative gifts. Organizers help us structure the church for numerical growth in logical ways and typically like rules and traditions a little more than the left-brained crowd, so they're less scary and less threatening to our comfort zones. Personally, I think the church is missing out …

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3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don't blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders. In the first case, the usual mentality is "anything you aren't doing for the church should be done 'off the clock'." In the second case, the mentality is "everything you do as ministry and mission benefits us as long …

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Good Idea. Now What? Charles Lee Helps Answer This Question

Our Creator designed us to be creative. And out of our inborn creativity come forth plenty of good ideas, but an idea is only as valuable as its successful implementation. In other words, brainstorming is good, but completing ideas is even better. Charles Lee, the founder of the Ideation Consultancy and many other brilliant ideas, helps leaders cross the finish line with well-developed good ideas. In his new book, Good Idea. Now What?, Charles presents a guidebook that is …

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Visual Inspiration and Great Links for Creative Leaders

Being creative is a reflection upon our Creator. To be more creative, observe beautiful things made by creative people. Every day, I read posts from around the web that showcase some amazing creative talent. Each is a link, so click the picture for more. Enjoy... …

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Phil Cooke On the Biggest Mistakes Christians Make in the Media

This is an article that Pastors and anyone in the field of Church Communications needs to read and bookmark for later research. It's the short version of a talk that Phil gave at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. Phil was instrumental in sparking a huge interest in me in the realm of media and communications when I met him at a conference at Prestonwood Church in Plano a few years ago. Here are Phil's main points, but you need to click through and read his …

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Great Designers Learn from Great Design

There are titles aplenty in the design and development world. I'm not so much a developer as I am a designer, but I'm not so much a graphic designer as I am a front end website developer, so some would call me a user interface designer or web user interface designer. Or perhaps I'm an information architect or perhaps an online communication designer. But I'm not an application developer or database architect. So what exactly do I do? I design stuff, like logos and …

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31 Signs You Are a Thought Leader

The phrases "thought leader" and "thought leadership" seem to be everywhere today. What exactly is a thought leader? It's tricky because the phrases "thought leader" and "thought leadership" are new and trendy. Some such phrases have "stickiness" meaning that they stay around for a long time, possibly even becoming part of our every day vocabulary. I think these phrases have this "stickiness" and we're going to see them around for a long time. There is of course, …

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Always Be Thinking About These Things

Dreams. Because it all starts with a dream or an idea. Recapture your lost dreams, create new ones, and find a way to make them real. Living. Because as Bob Dylan said, “He not busy being born is busy dying.” If you’re not sure what to live for, try peak moments and big adventures. Influences. Because none of us lives in a vacuum. Who has helped you become who you are now? (And have you thanked them lately?) and several more great thoughts at chrisguillebeau.com …

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Guy Kawasaki on the Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

I loved these points! 1.  See yourself as an innovator. 2.  Do what you love. 3.  Put a dent in the universe. 4.  Kick-start your brain. 5.  Sell dreams, not products. 6.  Say no to 1,000 things. 7.  Strive for simplicity. 8.  Create insanely different experiences. 9.  Master the message. Read the full article at openforum.com I loved these points! You really need to read the reflections on each one. Click the source! …

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How To Be a More Creative Leader

Realize nothing is original. …

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