The Gospel is the lifeblood of the church. Everything we do has its root in the fact that Jesus came, lived a perfect life, died for us, and then rose again. The Gospel changed everything. In order to be effective as a creative church, we must always keep the Gospel at the forefront of what we do.
It can be easy for us as creatives to look to other churches that are doing creative well and simply copy what they are doing. A lot of times, we’re using creativity for the sake of creativity, instead of using creativity as a means for the Gospel to be magnified. True creativity in the church looks to the Creator for inspiration first.
Our number one goal in the church is to make disciples. We do this by introducing people to the Gospel and walking with them through the discipleship process.
Years ago, I played guitar on a few different worship bands. I loved being able to use my gifts to worship God and lead others in worship. I remember the first time I was around someone on one of my worship teams when they got drunk. It was a wake up call for me. This person was extremely gifted and used their talents for God, yet were still allowing themselves to be overcome by sin and influencing others to participate in a sinful lifestyle.
It was at that moment that I realized that doing the work of ministry doesn’t mean that we’re truly following Jesus. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the act of creativity, or leading worship, or even preaching, that we neglect our own relationship with the Lord. In order to effectively reach others, we must be disciples of Jesus first.
No ministry event or creative project is ever a good enough excuse for us to neglect the Gospel. We must serve from the overflow of our relationship with Jesus. However, most of the time we worship Jesus out of the overflow of our ministry. Our job as church creatives is to first love God, then love people. You can’t do the second without the first.
Your prayer and devotion time is the most important part of your day. Your projects are not the Gospel and shouldn’t be elevated as such. As we begin to realign ourselves by putting the Gospel at the forefront of everything that we do, we will become more effective at reaching people. We won’t pursue creativity because we want to copy another church. Instead, we will pursue creativity because we’re embracing God’s heart as the Creator.