Creating Boundaries to Expand Creativity
One of the most helpful tools I have found for planning ahead has been the implementation of a Creative Team. Collaborative efforts are great for accountability, ideas, implementation, and for keeping things from growing stale. A creative team can accomplish all of this.
This week, we have been looking at how to set up a successful 2018 Planning Season for Worship. If you haven’t read it already, go back and begin the series here – or click on the banner at the top of this article. I want to spend a couple of days looking at a Creative Team – the “why” and the “how”.
Today, let’s focus on the “why” of a creative team. One of the biggest issues I see with teams attempting to create creative teams is the lack of any structure. “Wait? Structure within creative teams? That seems counter productive! Creative teams should be free to…well…create, right? Structure limits that!” That, my worship leading, creative-driven friends…is where we will begin.
A few years back, researchers conducted a couple of experiments – both with kids of the same age. They sent a group of 20 kids into a field that was wide open – no barriers and no boundaries…and gave them one statement. “You can go play anywhere you’d like for the next 30 minutes.”
They took a second group of 20 kids of the same age to the same field…this time with a fence around the perimeter of the field and gave them one statement. “You can go play anywhere you’d like for the next 30 minutes.”
What do you suppose happened in both cases? In the case of the field with no boundaries, the kids huddled together. In the case of the field enclosed by a fence, the kids all spread out in various areas and played different games.
Why? The researchers concluded what they had suspected. Without “rules” or “instructions” or “boundaries” and “parameters”, people will huddle in close to what they know. When some simple parameters (rules, boundaries, instructions) are applied, people will typically spread the wings of their creativity.
Understanding this concept, we can understand that a creative team purpose isn’t just to generate ideas – but to help structure your flow. Take a look at the video below and see some of the structure that can help you plan ahead with your team. Tomorrow, we will look at the types of members you should look at adding to your team.