Friday, March 06, 2009

Imagination is Not Creation

I found this to be helpful:

Steven Furtick:

Let’s define creative. Cause it seems like to me that the way we often use the term in church work today misses the point.

Some people fancy themselves as being “creative”, or ”creative-types” because they have a lot of ideas. Cool. You have ideas.
So does my 3 year old.
That doesn’t make you creative.
An idea without implementation isn’t creation.
It’s imagination.

By definition, being creative requires that you create something.
True creative people don’t just dream it-they do it…or oversee the strategy to get it done.
True creativity results in a product. Not just an idea.

We’ve all met people who shy away from the hard work of action steps because they “don’t do the details”. They’re “more into the creative side of things”.
But as far as I can tell, the Chief Creator didn’t just think about light, stars, and human life…the proof of His creativity is the tangible detailed expression of His vision.

That’s what I appreciate so much about our creative team at Elevation.
They imagine-then they implement.
Otherwise, they know they’d just be playing make believe.
And we don’t give paychecks to big boys and girls for playing make believe.

What will you create today?
Don’t settle for conceptualization. Bring it into existence.

(HT: Luke MacDonald)


Anonymous said...

That's just plain not true.

First off, ideas are things that need to be created.

Secondly, coming up with ideas and making them happen require different skills. Often that means they require different people.

He commends the people who run with ideas while comparing the people who invented the ideas to 3-year-olds.

Matt Blick said...

Hi Zac

Have you read Barclays quote about Coleridge?

I think that it really reinforces (and clarifies) Steven's point well.I've posted it here -

(sorry it's not a link)