Build a Community
1. Love them into the kingdom. Creative people need to be loved. They are engaged in a risky business where past successes do not mean current success. They need a safe place to worship and grow in the Lord, a place where they are welcomed no matter how high or low their personal creative tide.
2. Help them get their art saved. Larry Hartley, the theater director for Bethel Arts Ministries, told me this: “I was saved a long time before my art was saved.” Provide some sort of context of discipleship for them with an artist/mentor teaching the things of God from an artistic point of view.
3. Give them a vision that inspires them. Give them work that is worthy of their best efforts, work that makes a difference.
4. Make it clear that they are more important to you than the services they can render the church.
5. Provide a structure of accountability that allows for their creative processes.
6. Within your means, provide them with the things they need to create what you want.
7. Respect their judgment, even when you can’t go along with them.
8. Share the results of their work with them.
9. Express appreciation for success and encouragement at other times.
10. Respect their need to not create in times of rest and rebuilding.
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