The 4 Obsessions of a Purposeful Creative Pastor
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I just got off the road, traveling around the country with the SALT Tour with a few amazing teachers and leaders. One of those teachers was a good friend, Stephen Brewster. His title is the Executive Director of Creative at Freedom House in Charlotte, N.C. He’s always been a leader in the creative arts in the church, but this is the first time that his title represents his role on the executive leadership team.
Stephen isn’t the only creative director on the leadership team of a church. Countless churches across the nation are asking creative-minded leaders to serve in the most senior levels of the organization.
As creative pastors take higher priority in the church, it’s important to recognize a few things that make a great creative pastor. Therefore, here are four obsessions for a purposeful creative pastor.
1. Ensure Vision is Received.
The first role of a creative pastor in the church is to cast creative vision. In doing so, you’ll help shape the look and feel of your environments, establish a brand and help others know the creative style of your church community. But casting great creative vision is only part of your responsibility. You must ensure that creative vision is received and applied, not just heard.
One of the things any creative pastor must be obsessed with, is that everyone knows the creative vision God has given you and your team by taking it one step further: doing something within that vision.
If your pastor shared a spiritual vision, but every other ministry lead chose to do something entirely different, you’d never get organizational synergy. The same is true with creativity. You can’t get creative synergy by merely sharing a vision, but ensuring that it’s received and applied throughout the organization. You may never feel completely accomplished in this area, which is why it needs to be your continual obsession as creative pastor.
2. Empower Consistent Execution.
Once you begin to see that people are receiving this vision and it begins to direct the activity of creating, you move into your next obsession: empowering consistency. Your style and brand is a key component of your organizational DNA. Though your approach to ministry and theological beliefs ultimately shape who you are in the community you serve, the style (or look and feel of your environments) provide the distinguishable factor with regards to the theology you teach.
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