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My session for Pepperdine Bible Lectures 2013

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    • Releasing Creatives in Your ChurchReleasing Creatives in Your Church@seanpalmer@seanpalmerthepalmerperspective.comthepalmerperspective.com
    • You’ll Leave WithYou’ll Leave WithA sense ofA sense of whywhy your congregation isn’t moreyour congregation isn’t morecreative.creative.Practical ideas aboutPractical ideas about howhow to think creatively into think creatively inChristian community.Christian community.An idea aboutAn idea about whatwhat releases creativity in areleases creativity in acommunity.community.A vision ofA vision of howhow creatives shape the mission ofcreatives shape the mission ofthe church.the church.
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    • What is “wonder?”What is “wonder?”
    • What is “wonder?”What is “wonder?”I didn’t expect it.I didn’t expect it.I can’t explain it.I can’t explain it.I had a positive reaction toI had a positive reaction toit.it.
    • ““Oh, how wonder-Oh, how wonder-filled...”filled...”
    • He who works with his hands is aHe who works with his hands is alaborer.laborer.He who works with his hands and hisHe who works with his hands and hishead is a craftsmen.head is a craftsmen.He who works with his hands and hisHe who works with his hands and hishead and his heart is an artist.head and his heart is an artist.-St. Francis of Assisi-St. Francis of Assisi
    • The Church Should Be The MOST CREATIVE Place on
    • Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, IThen the Lord said to Moses, “See, Ihave chosen Bezalel son of Uri, thehave chosen Bezalel son of Uri, theson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, andson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, andI have filled him with the Spirit of God,I have filled him with the Spirit of God,with wisdom, with understanding,with wisdom, with understanding,with knowledge and with all kinds ofwith knowledge and with all kinds ofskills—to make artistic designs forskills—to make artistic designs forwork in gold, silver and bronze,to cutwork in gold, silver and bronze,to cutand set stones, to work in wood, andand set stones, to work in wood, andto engage in all kinds of crafts.to engage in all kinds of crafts.
    • Moreover, I have appointed OholiabMoreover, I have appointed Oholiabson of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan,son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan,to help him. Also I have given abilityto help him. Also I have given abilityto all the skilled workers to maketo all the skilled workers to makeeverything I have commanded you:everything I have commanded you:the tent of meeting, the ark of thethe tent of meeting, the ark of thecovenant law with the atonementcovenant law with the atonementcover on it, and all the othercover on it, and all the otherfurnishings of the tent— the tablefurnishings of the tent— the tableand its articles, the pure goldand its articles, the pure goldlampstand and all its accessories, thelampstand and all its accessories, thealtar of incense,altar of incense,
    • the altar of burnt offering and all itsthe altar of burnt offering and all itsutensils, the basin with its stand—utensils, the basin with its stand—and also the woven garments, bothand also the woven garments, boththe sacred garments for Aaron thethe sacred garments for Aaron thepriest and the garments for his sonspriest and the garments for his sonswhen they serve as priests, and thewhen they serve as priests, and theanointing oil and fragrant incense foranointing oil and fragrant incense forthe Holy Place.the Holy Place.Exodus 31:1-11Exodus 31:1-11Exodus 31:1-11Exodus 31:1-11Exodus 31:1-11Exodus 31:1-11
    • Where Has The WonderWhere Has The WonderGone?Gone?
    • Over-cooked PastaOver-cooked PastaWhere Has The WonderWhere Has The WonderGone?Gone?
    • The OliveThe OliveGARDEN PROBLEMGARDEN PROBLEM
    • Olive Garden kNOWS iT’SnoT aUTHENTIC.• In field tests, diners wouldnt order gnocchi. That is, "untilchefs at the companys Orlando, Fla., headquarters triedgnocchi in chicken soup, billed as a traditional Italiandumpling."• Olive Garden HQ knows that their diners have limits:"Capers, with their salty, pickled flavor, are too unexpectedfor many customers, says a spokeswoman."
    • Olive Garden kNOWS iT’SnoT aUTHENTIC.• And the restaurant chain will do whatever it takes to makecustomers happy: "At Olive Garden, pasta is served soft, notal dente or slightly firm, the traditional Italian method."• So is it authentic or not? "We dont use the word authentic,"said the president of Olive Garden. He prefers the term"Italian inspired."
    • Olive Garden kNOWS iT’SnoT aUTHENTIC.• Chefs at Olive Garden HQ went on a trip to Northern Italyand had "fresh-torn pasta dish with olive oil, garlic andherbs." Somehow that dish was "reverse-engineered" into"baked pasta romana—a mix of lasagna pasta, rich cheesesauce, spinach and either a beef or chicken topping."Originally it was chicken with roasted tomato sauce, butdiners didnt find it "cravable."
    • Olive Garden kNOWS iT’SnoT aUTHENTIC.• Olive Garden wants to do update their dishware, but theycant. The frosted, "semi-translucent, plastic, flower-shapedsalad bowl" that delivers unlimited refills has been in use fordecades, and every time Olive Garden tests new bowls, dinersrevolt. "There is a lot of love for that bowl," said Dan Kiernan,executive vice president of operations for Olive Garden.
    • ...Is it possible that we’ve taken the flavor out ofworship in order to be meet low expectations?
    • Over-cooked PastaOver-cooked Pasta““Becky”Becky”Where Has The WonderWhere Has The WonderGone?Gone?
    • Who IsBecky?‣ Target for CCM market.‣ 42-year old evangelical whodoesn’t watch Christian TV.‣ Attends worship 2x’s/month‣ Married (possibly twice), with3 kids.‣ She wants positive, safe,messages when she’s drivingher kids around.
    • Why IsBecky a“Problem”?‣ Because corporate worshipand church life center somuch on music, overtimeBecky comes to believe thatecclesial life should beequally platitudinal, saccharin, unoffensive, and “safe forthe whole family.”
    • Homeless JesusHomeless Jesusby: Thomas Schmalzby: Thomas SchmalzAn Example of theAn Example of the“Becky” Effect.“Becky” Effect.
    • ““Homeless Jesus had no home,”Homeless Jesus had no home,”Schmalz told the Toronto Star. “ItSchmalz told the Toronto Star. “Itwas very upsetting because thewas very upsetting because therectors liked it, but when it got to therectors liked it, but when it got to theadministration, people thoughtadministration, people thoughtit...was not an appropriate image.”it...was not an appropriate image.”
    • In a phone interview...the sculptorIn a phone interview...the sculptorexplained that returning to the cityexplained that returning to the city(Toronto) and seeing so many(Toronto) and seeing so manyhomeless on its corners and bencheshomeless on its corners and benchescan be a jarring experience. Thecan be a jarring experience. TheDecember night when he spotted theDecember night when he spotted thehomeless man who inspired him was ahomeless man who inspired him was aparticularly poignant moment, he said.particularly poignant moment, he said."My instinctive thought was, that is"My instinctive thought was, that isJesus Christ. I just saw Jesus."Jesus Christ. I just saw Jesus."
    • To some who have seen it, it speaksTo some who have seen it, it speaksthe message of the Gospels. Whenthe message of the Gospels. Whentheologian Thomas Reynolds cametheologian Thomas Reynolds cameupon it he felt “the shock ofupon it he felt “the shock ofrecognition.” He quoted the biblicalrecognition.” He quoted the biblicalpassage: “ … the Son of Man haspassage: “ … the Son of Man hasnowhere to lay his head.”nowhere to lay his head.”““I’m so used to seeing images ofI’m so used to seeing images ofJesus that are palatable,” saysJesus that are palatable,” saysReynolds.Reynolds.(excerpts from The Toronto Star)(excerpts from The Toronto Star)
    • the “Becky” problemthe “Becky” problemWe have aWe have a seriousseriousproblemproblem whenwhencreatives can’t usecreatives can’t usetheir gifts to tell thetheir gifts to tell thewhole truthwhole truth aboutaboutChrist because theChrist because theChristian sub-cultureChristian sub-cultureis designed foris designed forspiritual childrenspiritual children..
    • the “Becky” problemthe “Becky” problemAllAll too frequentlytoo frequently ourourfirst concern whenfirst concern whenplanning an event,planning an event,service, or outreach isservice, or outreach iswhether or not thiswhether or not thiswill bewill be “palatable.”“palatable.”
    • Over-cooked PastaOver-cooked Pasta““Becky”Becky”Fear of CriticismFear of CriticismWhere Has The WonderWhere Has The WonderGone?Gone?
    • Fear of CriticismFear of Criticism““A lot of us (me)A lot of us (me)didn’t like that.”didn’t like that.”““I didn’t get it.”I didn’t get it.”““We’ve never doneWe’ve never doneitit that waythat way before.”before.”
    • Over-cooked PastaOver-cooked Pasta““Becky”Becky”Fear of CriticismFear of CriticismSacralization ofSacralization ofBoredomBoredomWhere Has The WonderWhere Has The WonderGone?Gone?
    • Sacralization of BoredomSacralization of Boredom““You’re justYou’re justtrying totrying toentertainentertainpeople.”people.”
    • Embracing CreativityEmbracing Creativity
    • Burning BushBurning Bush10 Plagues10 PlaguesStill, small voiceStill, small voiceHosea and GomerHosea and GomerIsaiah’s CallIsaiah’s CallProphetic SpeechProphetic SpeechDavid’s PunishmentDavid’s PunishmentVirgin BirthVirgin BirthGod is a Drama-KingGod is a Drama-King
    • to communicateto communicate moremoreimportantimportant matters.matters.GodGod knowsknows this.this.GodGod createdcreated it.it.it.it.it.it.it.it.
    • Dream TeamDream Teamdream locationdream locationdream activitydream activitydream catcherdream catcherdream musicdream music
    • Practice StorytellingPractice Storytelling
    • Save The CatSave The Cat - Blake Snyder- Blake Snyder““double mumbo-jumbo”double mumbo-jumbo”
    • So whatSo whatshould we do?should we do?
    • Have APlanPlanWhat do you want yourworship services andoutreach to accomplish?What are the deliverables?
    • Do WhatThe TextDoesPentecost Sunday @The Vine
    • Do WhatThe TextDoes*Pentecost Sunday @The Vine
    • Use All The Colors
    • Use All The ColorsFeature SongsSpoken WordDecorArt & PhotographyOriginal SongsVideoOriginal VideosCreative Sermon ContentRelease Creatives
    • WhatWhathappens...happens...The more creativeThe more creative“we” are, the more“we” are, the moreour membersour memberscreate.create.
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    • Questions, Comments, IdeasQuestions, Comments, Ideas@seanpalmer@seanpalmerthepalmerperspective.comthepalmerperspective.com