I am writing a book (and possibly expanding it into a research based study) on creative collaboration as church leadership. Here is an excerpt:
Art as communal expression–an expression of who we are. This expression becomes evident as we collaborate. One impetus for a creative expression (in the communal sense) comes when a problem (something to be solved or explored) enters the picture. This is not a problem with a simple solution, but one with an unknown solution. This problem is a nexus of a million possible futures. The way a community solves this problem identifies who they are as a community and it ultimately affects their future direction. As beings created in God’s image, we are designed to create–to care for creation, but built with an innate desire to create. Whether that manifests itself in logic, writing, reading (what you choose to read), painting, music, dance, drama, electronics, automobiles, government. We create. We create new pathways, new bridges to the desired outcome–new ways to unknot the problem. Even in the small acts of problem solving, we are often creating. Even in problem solving, the complex matrix of decisions we make to unknot the problem have, in effect, created a new pathway.
As beings created in God’s image, we are also communal beings. In the beginning “we” created the earth. God was present with his spirit, present with the plurality–more exactly, with the complete fullness of who He is. God created man and saw that it was not good for man to be alone and created a community for him. God made a covenant with Abraham, not to make Abraham great, but to create a communal greatness from him. The fullness of God is seen in each of us, but magnified in the entirety of the creation. Therefore, to act as a community is to magnify God and to work towards revealing His kingdom.
A creative act is in our nature. A communal act is in our nature.
An individual act is not possible in community. Therefore every thing that must be done in community must be creative–you must take into account the being of the communion–this new being: who is this?
What do you think? Have I missed anything?
c. Jim Morrow