By Simon Hodgson –
Whether you consider yourself a creative person or not, I don’t think anyone can deny that in life, creativity matters. So should creativity have a place in the church? Absolutely! Here are six reasons why I believe creativity matters in the church.
1. Because God is the ultimate creative
‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.’ – Genesis 1:1
Can you believe that the very first thing the Bible says about God is that He created! The fact that within the very first verse of the Bible we discover that God created the heavens and the earth is no accident. I believe that part of God’s nature, which is in turn reflected in us, is that of creativity. All you need to do is step outside and take one look around you to start appreciating the endless and extraordinary extent God went to in order to delight us with his creativity. This alone is reason enough for us to use creativity as a form of worship in the church.
2. Because creativity creates solutions
Over the years I have sat in many meetings trying to find our way through some pretty big challenges. Every time, the best way to solve the problems we encounter is through creativity. That one creative idea is like a spark that sets in place the momentum required to find our way through some of our biggest challenges. Always engage with your creativity to get your best solutions.
3. Because creativity enhances worship
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ – Matthew 22:27
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul and mind. Here Jesus is naming three parts of the creative life. When we create using our heart, soul and mind for God’s glory, it is worship.
4. Because God loves the creatives!
Creativity matters in the church because God loves the creatives more than everyone else! Just joking, but I’m sure He has a very special place in His heart for us! But seriously, God created creative people, and therefore we should love, encourage and make use of these gifts for His glory!
5. Because creativity inspires creativity
Creativity is one of those tricky things that is either there or it isn’t. Sometimes our creative meetings are characterized by huge enthusiasm and the need to shout over one another as we can’t get our ideas out fast enough. Then there have been those meetings where all we hear are the crickets as we look blankly at each other hoping that something… anything will happen!
But what I have noticed is that it often only takes that first creative spark to get the ball rolling. Creativity inspires more creativity. In church, I think this is also true when a great creative execution inspires another great creative execution in a different department. Recently our high school ministry pulled off a really cool creative idea, which left me inspired to up our game in a similar area of our creative department. We’ve both been sharpened from one great idea, and the church now benefits greatly from it!
6. Because creativity helps tell the story
A big part of what we do as a church, especially at Sunday gatherings through the preaching of God’s Word, is tell a story. We tell stories of Jesus, His saving grace, and our hope we have in Him. It’s awesome! As creatives, we can help enhance the story-telling. Through creativity we can help draw people in, raise their interest, lift their gaze from their immediate circumstances, and help place it on Jesus. The painting of a wall, the lighting of a stage, the use of music, the thrill of a compelling video, the building of a creative set… none of these things are worth doing for the sake of doing them. But they are all worth doing when the intention is to help point people to Jesus. It will always be our prayer that this is what happens when we create.
Picture by Paballo Thekiso