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[Creativity] I Don’t Have a Creative Title

Kurt Johnston —  December 10, 2013 — 3 Comments

After twenty minutes of racking my brain while downing way too much caffeine, I had to throw in the towel. I wasn’t gonna come up with a creative title for this article, which is totally lame since it’s an article on creativity.

And it’s after these types of “creativity-challenged” experiences, of which I have many, I’m tempted to state once and for all, “I’m not creative, dang it!” But that would be a lie….because I am creative and so are you, whether you realize it or not.

Kurt’s 100% Sorta Scientific Proof That You Are Creative:


  • You were created by a highly creative God in his image!  Yep, you have some of the very same attributes (although in highly flawed, s(k)in covered versions) of our Creator! When he formed you in your mother’s womb, part of the package was the ability to be creative.


  • You used to be 5 years old. Have you ever met an uncreative 5-year-old? I haven’t. 5-year-olds have imaginary friends, live in imaginary kingdoms and are quick to let their imaginations run wild.  But somewhere along the way,  5-year-olds become 10-year-olds who become 20-year-olds who get told to stop dreaming, be more realistic and “color inside the lines.”


How To Re-gain The Creativity You Already Possess:

  • Move The Goal Post.  Most people feel uncreative because they are aiming for something too lofty, too far away…to hard to achieve. They think creativity means the ability to create something awesome out of nothing.  Let’s move the goal post; let’s re-define creativity.  You ready? 

                 Creativity = The willingness to try something new.

       That’s it! You don’t have to do something that’s new to all of mankind…just do something that’s new to you.


  • Hang Around Other Creative People.  Find a few folks just a little more creative than you and ask them for their input, advice and ideas. Creative people love to share their creativeness. Sure, it’s mostly because they like to feel superior to the rest of us, but who cares? You’ll get an idea or two out of the deal!


  • Don’t Reach For Last Year’s File Just Yet.  I hope you keep a record of the big things in your ministry, especially some of the events that you do year after year. If you do, it’s probably so that when next year rolls around you can say in your first planning meeting, “Let’s consult the sacred file to see what we did last year.”  While you will eventually want to grab the file, don’t do it right away. Instead, start with a blank slate and pretend you’ve never done this event before and that there are no limits to what the event could look like.  An easier way to say this might be to use the file as a guide as you create something new, but don’t let it ensure you do the same old thing.


  • Become 5 Again.  You won’t want to do this in public, but every now and then make an effort to be silly, care-free, and color outside the lines. Write a creative story, bust out the water colors, or make a fort in your living room. Do something…anything…to regain a sense of wonder and awe.

I’m not creative….but I am!

You might not be creative….but you are, too!

Thanks for loving students,



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Kurt Johnston

Kurt Johnston


Kurt Johnston leads the student ministries team at Saddleback Church in Southern California. His ministry of choice, however, is junior high, where he spends approximately 83.4% of his time.

3 responses to [Creativity] I Don’t Have a Creative Title

  1. Creative or reactive…just depends on how you “C” things.

    How’s that for a catcy title? Same letters…just depends on where the C is.

    Thanks Kurt for all you do!

  2. I am always bemoaning my lack of creative juices. Partly it is due to the fact that I am surrounded by lots of creative people. and it is a little intimidating. Thanks for your encouragement – especially like the part about moving the goal post a bit closer.

  3. Great stuff Kurt. Sometimes we need a little reminder that the CREATOR created us and in His image…sooo, you are right! Thanx

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