Friday, February 12, 2010

Adding Creativity to Your Ministry

An article I wrote for a series on "Creativity in Ministry" is up on YS's new site - which you need to check out if you haven't already. I would love to hear what you think about the article. How have you been able to add creativity to your ministry? What tips would you offer?

Is it okay to admit that I have had "creative youth ministry" envy in the past? I hope so, because I think I just admitted it. If you have been involved with a non-megachurch size youth ministry, then I bet you know what I am talking about. You can grow envious when you see all of the creative elements being produced by bigger ministries: message graphics, logos, websites, drama, music, curriculum and videos. It can be enough to cause a youth minister to grow discontent with what his ministry is doing.

Being part of a creative youth ministry is what most new youth workers desire. Creative youth ministries (and congregations in general) are glamorized by magazines, websites, conventions and the youth ministry world. Being creative is the goal, or at least that is how it is portrayed when the pedestal of "ministry success" is placed under these ministries. And since having the most creative youth ministry garners the attention, the young youth worker seeks after the magic chalice of creativity. What usually happens is that youth worker cannot match the megachurch, so he copies or borrows the megachurches material.

Borrowing from another ministry to make your ministry look better is not the answer. This habit can lead to simply being one step behind and never fully reaching your ministry's potential. To help the young youth worker reach a higher level of creativity, I would like to offer two pieces of advice.

Read Adding Creativity to Your Ministry in its entirety on YS's site.

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