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10 Questions to Challenge Your Thinking

Challenge Your Thinking

I have some questions for you, my friends and readers out there. The reason I have been blogging for so long—almost nine years now—is the dialog with real people. I have prepared sermons, found places to visit and changed my thinking because of the encounters I have had with you. This topic is for us “creatives” out there.

You know, that term “creative” is an interesting one. I like it better than “artsy” and it represents more than performing arts. There are programmers, business people and charity workers who are creatives. This tribe is an interesting sort, so I have some interesting questions to challenge the way we think about us. If any of these relate to you, please feel free to answer. Don’t be afraid to have your thinking challenged!

1. Is creative talent in ministry seen as a commodity to be purchased or an asset to be developed?

2. Was Tolkien right when he called us as people “sub-creators” made in God’s image to create?

3. Are excellence and perfectionism often seen as the same with those who lead creatives in the local church?

4. Being creative is often copying, but that is not the same as “cutting-and-pasting” is it?

5. Servanthood means submission to leadership, but does it mean I go against my own conscience?

6. Is it entitlement to look out for myself and my artistic vision, or is this simply what artists do?

7. Can a creative person also be expected to be an administrative leader?

8. Does my creativity come from my healthy nature as being human, or a faulted and wounded self?

9. As a creative, why does it seem that I MUST create in order to be healthy?

10. Why do us creatives “think backward,” and is that a bad thing?

OK, now it’s you turn to either answer one of these or create your own question! Which will it be?  

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Rich Kirkpatrick is a family man, writer, speaker, and musician. A ministry veteran, he has served in worship and pastoral roles in small and large settings. In 2014 he authored the book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader. You can find him at RKblog.com where he writes about creativity, faith, and leadership.