Tag Archive: creativity

Visual worship media is constantly changing. There seems to be a new background or style or technique that is the coolest, the hippest, the awesome-est thing to be doing. I wonder what will be the next trend in visual worship.

For me, the church I volunteer at is in the traditional category. However, I lean more towards the contemporary ideology of creative visuals, different lighting, and overall variety. I try to mix these elements into the projects I work on, but it seems I am always on the tale end of trends. I mean, really, we are still using PowerPoints with static images for our worship choruses. Sometimes it seems nobody cares about the presentation, and it is all about the mental aspect of the service. I think there is a place for both.

This idea of the convergence of liturgical and contemporary to tell a story intrigues me. Perhaps I can skip going contemporary and go right to the storytelling. Being a communication major, I know how powerful storytelling can be. It could have a real impact on the effectiveness of our worship services. If created correctly, the worship service could be seamlessly integrated with the sermon, making the whole service highly memorable rather than just a Sunday morning activity.

Of course, storytelling and integrating everything together will take a lot more time. But I believe the results would be extraordinary.


Projecting snowfall on the walls

I am tasked with making it snow in our sanctuary this Christmas. I’ve got a couple different ideas, but I’m not sure if I can actually implement any of them.

I would rather have some digital snow rather than having a bunch of paper or soap chips to clean up. So I think projecting video on the walls might have a really cool effect.

Of course these guys are the professionals, and they use projectors worth thousands of dollars. But I can try, can’t I?

An Idea A Minute

How many times have I had a great idea, thought through it, wrote it down, drew a diagram, and then… that was it. Nothing else happened. The paper went to the bottom of the stack. The idea faded away. What could have happened if I followed through with the idea?

Lots of people have ideas every day. Implement some of your ideas into your volunteer work today.

Up, Up and Away

In my quest to find interesting stuff online, I run into some really creative people. I guess creativity is judged by everyone individually. That is to say, I think I am fairly creative, but these other artists leave me saying, “How did they think of that?”

I guess you and I both will have to keep working on our creativity.

I once heard that creativity is just taking two things that you currently have and putting them together. So, the more pieces you have to work with, the more things you can build out of them. That is why I enjoy seeing new and interesting things. More pieces to add to my collection.

While you work on your own creativity, here are some other people’s creative visual work that you can use in your next project, or maybe it will jump-start your own ideas.