The new cool thing to do nowadays with church is to be the trend setter. New and revamped churches strive after originality often, as well as life groups and ministry staff. Creativity should be something looked up upon though because of the fact that we as people have access to the Creator, therefore we should be the most creative. While creativity should be a large part of ministry, imitating something that is effective for Christ is biblical. (1 Thessalonians: 14) If something is effective in bringing people closer to the gospel (this means genuine and authentic faith, not just numbers), God completely honors what works and doesn’t demean it. When churches get trapped in the lie that being cutting-edge is good only because it’s new, we lose effectiveness. Being effective for the body of Christ is important, and there are many ways to go about that. At the same time, we have to realize that being effective comes from first receiving identity and value in God, therefore there is no failure in his eyes. The balance between creativity and effectiveness for Christ lies in our own human desire; what do we really want?
If it involves mountains, breakfast food, coffee or campfires- I’m in.