Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Creativity in churches

Have you ever been to worship where there are high levels of creative energy? Sometimes the creative energies associated with a church are obvious in the architecture, the stained glass, sculpture, paintings, tapestries, banners and hangings, and the floral art. Yet all these are static images. More often it is the performance of dance, drama, music or singing that helps us to feel that we have been involved in creative activity. These are dynamic and flowing.
It is comparatively rare to find the term creativity associated with liturgies, sermons and teaching. When it does occur, however, we might want to say “Aha!” or “Eureka!” or even “Amen”. 
If all these components were present every Sunday in worship, we might find churches everywhere full to overflowing with people.
Unfortunately, the church overall is not seen as a very likely place to find creativity; I cannot help but think this is a mistaken view. Creativity is usually at work in churches, but other factors dampen it down. The flame becomes a flicker. Why is that?
Creativity is not restricted to particular activities done by certain types of people such as artists. It can be felt in a range of activities including structured, predictable activities. The elements of good design in industry and mass manufacturing are as likely to produce an “Aha!” moment as an inspiring sermon, or a new song or fine art.
Creativity is not confined to an individual doing something, but can occur among small and large groups. These groups may act in very structured ways or they may be free from rules and regulations.