Embrace Your Inner Artist

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Missional church planter Susan Rogers writes, “The longer I am engaged in creating and leading a missional community … the more I believe that we all have and need to foster our artistic energies.”

She offers three pieces of advice on embracing your inner artist as a missional community host/organizer:

  • We need more failures. — “It will take lots of good ideas to land on the one that makes a difference in our churches and communities.”
  • We need to believe that what we are doing matters. — “If we believe that our work, our mission, our ministries matter, we too will find creative and passionate ways to express their importance.”
  • We need more venues for our work. — “[Artists] are constantly seeking ways to share their work, not just to be discovered, but to share their unique perspective (again, because they believe it matters).”

What do you think about Susan’s list? What would you add?

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  • http://www.tabledallas.org/ Nathan Hill

    Good stuff, Steve!

    The Table down here in Dallas has failed a lot. I’ve messed up as a leader – we’ve pushed too hard or have not pushed hard enough. We have tried ideas to reach out that didn’t work. All of these things have been learning experiences, and yet, we continue to taste samples of what God has in store for us. Even if our model has to change because of financial cuts or whatever, the whole church that is East Dallas Christian Church will have been changed for the better because of our experiments and ideas.

    • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

      That’s great perspective to have, Nathan! Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://theimageoffish.com Callid Keefe-Perry

    Yes, and the other part is we can learn from artists it to begin to place value on the process of creation as well as its product.

    • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

      Good point, Callid. Thanks for sharing that!

      Note comment readers: If you haven’t seen Callid’s excellent documentary “Made As Makers,” check it out: http://www.madeasmakers.org