This presentation tries to lay the groundwork for developing a culture of creativity. While the presentation is directed to the Christian church, it's principles should be application also in the corporte world.
By Gregory S. Waddell
Mid-South Christian College
• Risk Avoidance
• Tone of Voice
Building a Creative Environment
• Define Creativity.
• Communicate Why Creativity is Important.
• Develop a Creativity Mindset.
• Formulate a Theology of Creativity.
• Build an Environment of Creativity
“An ability to see things in a new way, to put
familiar things together into new and unfamiliar
forms that nobody has ever put together this
Source: Katharine Weber, Cited in Patrick, 2006, p. 31.
“The strange human
compulsion to give
physical expression to
Source: Michael Card, Cited in Zoba, 2000, p. 63.
The Importance of Creativity
God-hungry people are “looking for a bold
fellowship, and what they [often] find is a
complacent society concerned to an absurd
degree with its own internal politics or so
unimaginative as to suggest that the world
can be saved by three hymns and a sermon.”
Source: Trueblood, 1980, pp. 8-9.
mindset denies the
Church’s true nature.
A Theology of Creativity
“Let Us make man in
Our image, according
to Our likeness.”
─Genesis 1:26, NASB
A Theology of Creativity
Far from being the
enemy of the faith,
creativity may in fact
be a core
manifestation of the
Spirit of God working
in His people.
An Environment of Creativity
• Set up a creativity team.
• Acknowledge those who contribute ideas.
• Provide special recognition.
• Tell the stories of successful new ideas.
• Make creativity a core value.
─ Paige Leavitt, American Productivity & Quality Center
• Within three years, at least a third of the
things we are currently doing will go away.
• Everything has a shelf life of fewer than four
• Allow new members to contribute to your
Allow the Holy Spirit to Speak
“It seemed good to the Holy Spirit
and to us to lay upon you no greater
burden than these essentials.”
─The Apostles and Elders in
Jerusalem, Acts 15:28
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