Creatives are Different…



You KNOW you are... I had a long conversation with my daughter today about the ongoing tension between bureaucrats and creatives. When I hung up, I gave thanks that I serve with a pastor who has learned to trust that this creative is passionate but not crazy. For instance...

Ever had a logistical problem in worship? We had a full band, plus a full bell choir one morning, and that meant no place for the vocal choir. The initial solution? Have the choir sing in a "convenient" spot in the worship flow, irrespective of whether the anthem fit there textually. After a long phone conversation, during which my pastor walked from his desk into the sanctuary to fully understand the problem, and to get a feel for my creative solution, he was willing to let us do the anthem at the end of (and as an extension of) the sermon. From the back of the sanctuary. Accompanied by a piano that had to be rolled in during the sermon and placed in the middle aisle in order for me to communicate best with the singers.

It turned out to be an extraordinary moment. (The choir sang Dan Forest's exquisite "A Covenant Prayer." Very Well.) And when we were done, the pastor did an extraordinary thing. Recognizing that something special had just happened, he got up from where he was sitting, and walked toward, and stood still for a minute, facing the large cross at the front of our church with his back to the congregation. He let the moment breathe, while extending it further by his response. And when he turned to give the benediction, it was the most natural thing in the world. All because of a creative solution to a logistical problem.

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