Anyone who has watched an episode of Donald Trump's “The Apprentice” has witnessed how the “boardroom” explodes when an initiative fails. Team members rarely choose to take responsibility for their actions and, instead, they resort to pinning the blame on a convenient scapegoat. What results is executive-level combat in which the candidates sell each other out in a bid to survive. You can find the same less publicized bickering and back-biting in churches all across America. When a church engages in the Blame Game, it is often because the creative process has failed. But unlike the Apprentice, church leaders must go on working together. And what is it stake is more than a job at Trump Enterprises; it's often the well-being of our ministry and our community's ability to live out its mission. The creative process falters for a number of reasons. Sometimes the church rushes into creativity without being thoughtful about roles or infrastructure to support it. Other times, communication channels are unclear, creatives are micro-managed and relationships become strained. Too many times, when our church's journey to be creative takes a downward turn, we resort to finger-pointing. Fault is often assigned to the wrong things and the wrong people. This book will not assign blame but will help nurture healthy creative views and strategies. It will help church leaders analyze the causes of an unhealthy creative process and implement new solutions that normalize and maximize creativity. This book will bring clarity to the role of the creative leader, identify the essential team players in a church's creative development and implement an effective creative process. Together we’ll discover how to choose systems and behaviors that foster creativity in everything from programs to worship while reducing typical tensions that arise around change.
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About the Author
Rick has been in full-time ministry for more that 25 years; leading as Executive Pastor of Creative Arts for some well known mega churches with single and multisite campuses. He has been a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville for more than 15 years, taught in national conferences, and also is a creative consultant. He lives in the Phoenix area with his wife, Wendy.
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I've worked in several different church environments over the course of my adult life, not only as a volunteer in the media department, but also as a contractor and now as a full time Video Art Director. One of the most frustrating things about trying to do professional creative work in a church has always been the lack of understanding from the Pastors about the time it takes to make good content. I have always thought that there had to be a lucky guy somewhere that was not getting instructions for the weekend videos on the Tuesday before it is supposed to play. This book is really an eye opener, not only to what is possible, but also to what needs to happen to make sure that church staff can have a family life. I now get to experience working in an environment where we coordinate with the pastoral team to make sure our efforts are complementary. I generally know what content needs to be made 9 weeks ahead which allows proper design and coordinating with volunteers so that there is time to produce better content. The difference is so huge, not only in the impact we all can make together, but also in my own personal life. I'm not working until 1am on Sunday to make sure the video I was told about three days ago gets done. I go home on Thursday afternoon knowing that everything for the weekend is done and has been tested through the house system. This peace of mind and the ability to enjoy the ministry as well as a family life is a direct result of my church implementing the processes outlined in this book both as a creative team and as a teaching team.
This book addresses the problems churches face between creatives and the staff they work with in both a practical and realistic way. The author's approach in describing these challenges and offering solutions is friendly yet authoritative. The book is a great help particularly as it details first year problems and offers practical and specific solutions which will help staff members avoid long term negative patterns.