Last night, I facilitated Gallery Church's first creative team meeting with staff and attenders of Gallery Church. I would dare say that most people in the room had never been a part of something like this. WOW! I thought it would take a little while for people to open up and brainstorm - I was wrong! It was amazing to see all of these people who really didn't know each other 6 months ago seriously brainstorming together how they could create an environment in our weekly Gathering that would enhance the experience for everyone attending. I have led creative team meetings for years, but this was truly THE most exciting one for me ever. Not only did everyone participate, they had great ideas. Never underestimate the power of an open and creative environment. It gives ownership to those who sometimes would never even dream of being a part of something greater than themselves.
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." Mary Lou Cook
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled; to concentrate; to accept conflict and tension; to be born everyday; to feel a sense of self." Erich Fromm