“4 Reasons to Ignore the Lie that YOU Aren’t Creative” by Eric Heater, Minister of Worship Arts

“4 Reasons to Ignore the Lie that YOU Aren’t Creative” by Eric Heater, Minister of Worship Arts

When you hear the word “creativity”, what comes to mind?  If I had a quarter for every time somebody has told me, “Oh not me, I couldn’t possibly do ________, I’m not a creative person,” my wife and I would be currently traveling the world, never to be seen again….

Now, if you asked these same people if they wished that they were creative, most likely they would counter with, “Of course!  It’s just something I don’t possess.”

Creativity is something that almost everyone would see as a positive thing (we can’t deny the possibility of a few curmudgeons who might disagree), yet how often do we view it as a gift that only a few people possess?

What if I were to tell you that it is possible for EVERY person to develop the ability to be creative?

Recently, as a leadership team, we attended a conference up in New Hampshire, where we had the privilege of hearing a number of amazing speakers share some insight into how to be better spiritual leaders in our churches.  One that stood out to me was Whit George, who is the Executive Pastor at Church on the Move, based out of Tulsa, OK.

What he shared was not revolutionary in and of itself, but rather helped to reshape the way we approach creativity by sharing 4 misconceptions that many have about creativity:

Creativity is NOT art, it’s solving a problem.

Here’s the good news, we don’t have to be artistic in order to be creative!  Creativity is not as much about being artistic, as much as being artistic is about being creative!  You can have the worst hand eye coordination imaginable, yet be an amazing creative genius.  When we are confronted by a problem, how do we respond?  Do we seek ways to find a solution to this problem?  Or do we scrap the issue, and move on?  This leads us to the second misconception about creativity:

Creativity is NOT magic, it’s a discipline.

Finding a solution to a problem takes time.  In order to develop our ability to be creative, we must be patient and not simply give up when we face obstacles.  In fact, these obstacles tend to be the pieces that can aid the creative process:

Creativity is NOT the absence of limitations, it’s leveraging limitations.

As a person who prides myself on being creative, I find that the limitations I face when seeking a solution to a problem are the exact perimeters necessary to come up with a brilliant idea.  Don’t let the problem of lack of resources be the reason an idea falls flat.

Creativity is NOT original, it’s authentic.

Lastly, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to create.  Rather, we simply need to learn how to reinterpret.  During his presentation, Whit George gave an example of how Michael Jackson was greatly influenced by Bob Fosse—it’s easy to see in this video that puts them side by side: Bob Fosse & Michael Jackson

Well now that we have no more excuses, what are some of the ways we as a church can be more creative?

Let us know in the comments below!