Note: While I focus on pastoral work in this article, I believe anyone who struggles with scheduling creative work may benefit. I debated publishing this, fearing that some may not understand the various pressures and struggles of pastors and others who must address problems without clear solutions or perform other tasks which draw on creative resources. After sharing the article with a friend who encouraged me to post it, I offer it in hopes that some find encouragement, hope, or understanding.
The Creative Pastor
Are pastors creatives? While I’ve lamented the stress of forced creativity of writing and presenting weekly sermons, I don’t know if I’ve viewed pastors as creatives. I know artists, musicians, screenwriters, and such do creative work, but pastors aren’t writing screenplays, poems, songs, or painting beautiful pictures. I’m not sure I’ve considered that pastors may be just as creative but in a different way. Continue reading “Doing Our Best Work”
Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are some books that after you turn the last page, you know you will be different. You can’t always explain why, but in the course of reading it, you know something deep within you has been changed. This book has had that effect on me.
I only read it because Amazon suggested it, and it did go along with some of my dissertation research. A couple of times, in the beginning, I thought about reading something else instead, but I continued on and I’m glad I did.
Crouch discusses “cultures” and how Christians interact with the cultures around them. Instead of calling Christians have postures of being against culture, critiquing culture, consuming culture, or transformation culture, he calls them to create culture (which according to Crouch is what God calls us to do).
For me, the best part of the book was Part 3 where he eloquently invites all to be culture makers for the sake of the Gospel.
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I see that Eugene Peterson has been credited with saying that if the church is dying in any way it’s dying from lack of imagination.
I’ve seen at least three churches in my general area have “Try our Sundays, they are better than [Name of Ice Cream place].” Based on the above, I guess I can agree with Peterson. Why is it that we (as the church) come up with new, interesting and creative things…instead we have to copy each other (of course our love of marketing helps). I’m not saying we shouldn’t work together, it just seems like many times it is just easier to copy the sign (or ministry, or program, or whatever) from the church down the street or across town than do the difficult work of prayer and imagination.
There…I’m done now…I feel better 😉