the creative church

June 3, 2008

There is all sorts of talk about the need for churches to be creative. While I agree, I think the assumption is usually that this creativity happens in the form of programmed expressions from the stage in a Sunday service. This quote reminds us why creativity should be so much more that that:

The reality is that creatives walk into our communities, systems, and structures all the time, and when they do, they intuit the environment we have created and know immediately whether there is space for them. Most often, they discover there is not. If we are going to have systems and structures that allow our communities to respond to the context of our world and what God is doing in such contexts, we must be allowed to create systems and structures that are organic to this emerging world. In order to do this we must be creative! We must allow our imaginations to be funded in news ways from new sources across multiple disciplines, ideas and metaphors. We must allow emergence to happen in our midst by fostering the environments that will allow us to hear God through engaging each other. — Tim Keel, Intuitive Leadership

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