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February 21, 2008 / David Lindner

Blanking on creativity

For some reason, I’ve been blanking on creativity this week. I’m sure it’s a combination of things, like stress and being tired, long drives to and from work. Whatever it is, it’s been both very frustrating and very challenging.

At my new church, we really want to be creative in our worship services. And I feel that pressure every week. I know senior pastors feel pressure every week to preach a high-quality, engaging sermon. I’m sure there are some who don’t. I’m sure there are some worship arts pastors who don’t feel pressure, but I and others I know do. There’s a constant pressure to always be doing something creative, something new. Sometimes it feels like we’re running out of ideas. It’s kind of like Hollywood, they appear to have run out of ideas, they’re really into remaking everything right now. They’re remaking TV shows like knight rider and American Gladiators, they’re making old TV shows into movies, and even recreating old movies.

Is it possible to run out of creative ideas? I wouldn’t think so, but sometimes it sure feels like it. Sometimes it feels like we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of used up ideas.

How do we resolve this problem? Well, one of the ways I’m really starting to think about is networking. Sometimes just hearing one good idea will spark another good idea. But, I’ve been in plenty of brainstorming sessions where there was no good idea, and the creativity just didn’t flow.

So, since no one actually reads this blog, this is really just for me, but I’m really starting to think about a way to create a worship leaders network, not exactly sure how to do it, but I have some ideas. Maybe we can help each other out.


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