the creative class

January 21, 2005 | 6 Comments

Though I haven’t found much discussion about this elsewhere, I think there is a pretty clear link between the so-called Creative Class and those who are thinking about new ways of being the church. For those of you interested in exploring this more, Richard Florida, who wrote The Rise of the Creative Class, has a great website called This has a lot of interest for me personally, since Seattle and Austin, two cities which figure into our future, rank pretty highly as creative cities.

  • Right now I am reading An Unstoppable Force by Erwin McManus. His book and his church speak often of creativity and the arts,
    “I am amazed how many pastors of healty and growing churches have a history in some aspect of the arts. This is a growing and necessary trend. The spiritual leaders of the future will be more artistic than academic. They will embody an integration of what has been commonly known as right brain and left brain thinking. They themselves will be cultural architects, blending engineer and artisan.”

  • Fascinating book. Like you I have wondered for a long time about this link. Kester Brewin in The Complex Christ discusses this issue as well, albeit from a more European perspective.

  • Hius book reminds me greatly of Dr. Paul Ray’s book, Cultural Creatives.

    Perhaps the combination of the two will give us the verbage and statistics we need in our grant proposal for a Center for Expressive Arts. We originally went to the Jung Center, which is an incredible place, but they are apparently “winging it” without any solid statistical data or business plan.

  • that guy looks a lot like scott peterson. creepy.

  • PD,
    I have the Cultural Creatives — it will be appearing very soon in my “Current Reading” list. 🙂

  • Zach, not as creepy as your serial killer “waking up” picture bro! 🙂

    John, that all looks very interesting. I’ve thought about this for awhile…I’ve read most of “Unstoppable Force” and I believe that McManus discussed in there somewhere that creative folks once led the church, or the church led creativity, something along this lines. There was a time, recently, where the church has turned away from that. However, it’s been encouraging to see that we may be moving back towards leading the world in creativity. Slowly but surely. This is a way of sincerely influencing culture.