Leading with Creativity, by Gena McCown
Leadership is often a very administrative role. We have the job, as leaders, to plan events, execute directions, and analyze the results of our efforts. We solve problems, counsel women, and lead studies. However, leadership is not without a creative force.
There are times we will be presented with an obstacle, and normal reasoning and logic will not answer the problem. Our budgets may be limited and thus we take on the role of creating decorations from scratch, or coming up with unique ways to fundraise. We may also recognize that our normal calendar of activities isn’t really attracting new interest, and realize it is time to create a new direction. The use of creativity helps us as we create our promotional materials and brand our ministry.
Often people will not assume leaders to be creative people, but instead they see leaders are cerebral or thinking leaders. Yes, it may be true that we are task masters who rule over our responsibilities with to-do lists, schedules, and deadlines… leaders are more creative than they are given credit for.
Leaders will create order where there is none. They will define vision where there is chaos. Leaders will create programs, create leaders, and create welcoming atmospheres. Leaders will even create a sense of safety, predictability, and credibility in those who may be untrusting or unsure.
God’s creation story, outlines a very specific order. God wasn’t a haphazard artist flinging bits about. NO! God was visionary, seeing a bigger scope and analyzing the smallest details. He created not only the beautiful things we see with our eyes, but the complex systems that govern our weather. He created our blue eyes and the complicated network of our brain. God created beauty, as well as structure that meets certain laws of nature.
Whether our skills and talents are creating masterpieces of fine art or putting together a well functioning organization, we are utilizing the creativity that the Lord has given us…. and it is a noble calling.
“Do you see man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.” – Proverbs 22:29
We may not always see the ways that the Lord is using our gifts and talents in a creative way, because we have been defining our view of “creativity” from the world’s perspective. Instead, I challenge you to see the beauty in the way the Lord created YOU, and the gifts of the Spirit that you are using every day in HIS story.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians3:23-24
All of His creation is born out of God’s creativity, everything that we do is a part of that process. So, whatever you do… do it for HIM. Be a part of His vision, His creation, His story.