This Month’s Resource Pack

DECEMBER: CREATIVITY

You are creative. If you’re anything like me, you probably have days when you’re knocking your head against your desk trying to come up with the next brilliant video script or social media post, and it’s just not happenin’. That pesky “muse” is nowhere to be found, and sometimes no matter how hard you try, you’re just not feelin’ the magic.

And it seems like that other dude at the church across the street is always one step ahead of you.

And then Hillsong or Life.Church drops their new Christmas graphics package and you just sorta hate them for how awesome it is.

No? Just me?

You’re lying.

Especially with the extra chaos of the holidays, we figured this was a good time to take an in-depth look at creativity. How can you be creative when you’re on a tight budget? Is it actually possible to get “creatives” to stick to deadlines? What if you disagree with your pastor’s vision, or are just flat-out clueless of what to do next?

We’ve all been there, and I hope these articles and examples are helpful for you. And hey, if you need some help with social graphics this month, we’ve doubly got you covered. In addition to our normal slate of options, we also have a special advent countdown you’re free to use however you wish.

We know your work is probably going unnoticed, and we know you’re working your tail off this month. Thank you for the incredible work you’re doing. Hustle through whatever you have to do, and then take a breather to celebrate with your loved ones. You’ve earned a break!

Merry Christmas, maahhrry Chris-maaass, and haa–ppeeee ha-ahh-la-daaayyzzzee.

-Matt

 

P.S. Don’t forget that your membership also includes access to several free books, including You’ve Got This: A Pep Talk for Church Communicators by our pal Kelley Hartnett. If you could use a little pick-me-up, check out chapter 7.


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Documents & Templates

When You Disagree With Your Senior Pastor

by: Gary Molander

Submitting to your leaders is easy–as long as you agree with them. What do you do when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your pastor on creative projects? Don’t miss these tips from Gary Molander’s book, Pursuing Christ. Creating Art.

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Social Media Advent Calendar

Get a free social media Advent calendar with 25 social graphics featuring Bible verses and a countdown to Christmas (in square and landscape formats, with and without the countdown).

You can post one every day until Christmas, so download the pack and get your posts scheduled!

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Avoiding the Christmas "Comparison Trap"

by: Jodi Tonarelli

Sometimes it can feel pretty crushing to see huge churches pull off grand productions. Luckily, God doesn’t call you to mimic the “big guys,” and this piece has three ways to embrace the team and culture you’re in this holiday season.

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Escaping the Creative Slump

by: Heather Zempel

Whether you write, design, film, paint, sculpt, edit, or dance, a creative slump will strike you at some point. Slumps can be super frustrating and never come at a good time, but here are a few tips to help you avoid and overcome them.

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How "Creative Warmups" Can Keep You Fresh

by: Jonathan Malm

Sometimes the best way to create new art and come up with new ideas is to simply create–whether you feel like it or not. Jonathan Malm explains how “creative warmups” have become an important part of his friend Joe’s graphic design business.

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Working With Your Pastor on Creative Projects

by: Gerry True

Maintaining healthy communication with your senior pastor is a critical part of every church communicator’s job. To avoid confusion and (hopefully) help keep realistic deadlines, Gerry True has some solid advice to ensure you stay on the same page as your pastor on creative projects.

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Framework Template Example

by: Gerry True

The framework template is a simple document that invites pastors to define what they hope to see happen through a sermon series. This can be SUPER helpful to creatives during the planning stages. Check out this sample from Gerry True, and see how you might be able to use it at your church.

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What If I'm Not Creative?

by: Matt Ehresman

Many people describe creativity as if it’s binary: Either you have it or you don’t. That may not be true, but there are steps we can all take to increase our creativity and embrace the skills we do have. Learn how here.

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Holding Creatives to Deadlines

by: Robert Carnes

Missed deadlines are an all-too-common experience for church communicators, and those pesky “creative types” are often the worst culprits. Here are a few tips you maybe haven’t tried yet to get those projects turned in on time.

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How To Be Creative On A Budget

by: Erin Feldman

Financial figures sometimes seem at odds with creativity. Who needs math when a burst of creative energy strikes? Budgets are important, so here are 11 tips to knock out your creative project on a budget.

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Social Graphics