Watch Out for the Creativity Trap

imagesI fell into a trap I’m all to familiar with last night: the creativity trap.

Creativity isn’t bad for people in some occupations, but it is often a trap for pastors.

It happens when a pastor sees a need or a problem in his church. “We need more volunteers.” “We need to help our youth get past a spiritual apathy they seem to have.” “We need to win more lost people.”

Not bad things to think about, and most definitely good things to move past. But the trap comes in how I usually respond to the problem. My usual response is generally, “What creative or ingenious thing can I think of to fix this problem?”

That’s the creativity trap right there.

The creativity trap convinces us that we can use non-spiritual means to fix spiritual problems.  

It’s good to be creative. But we fall when we think our creativity is the main way God builds His church.

Spiritual people need spiritual nourishment–God’s Word. The Word of God is the guaranteed method to build Jesus’ church. It cannot fail.

Isaiah 55:10-11:

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

There are people associated with your church who will leave saying, “You didn’t wow me.” Listen bro, you can spend all your energy trying to keep those people by making church cooler. More lights. Hipper graphics. Higher resolution videos. More current music. But cool does not build the people of God. God’s sheep long for the food of God’s Word.

Which would you rather have: a cool church full of people threatening to leave unless you entertain them again? Or a church with people content to be spiritually nourished no matter how uncool it is? One crowd comes for creativity, the other comes for God’s Word.

Do you really believe God’s Word will do what God claims it will do? Watch out for the creativity trap.

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