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Category Archives: Creativity

Wilderness

This weekend at NCC, we kick off our new series, Wilderness. Here’s a preview for the short film we will be showing. Wilderness Trailer from National Community Church on Vimeo.

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Theology of Fun- The Christmas List

I’m continuing the Theology of Fun series here…but this is actually a repeat list from last Christmas…with a few additions. Go have fun! See Handel’s Messiah live. Participate in a live nativity. Get your picture taken with Santa Claus as an … Continue reading

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Why Fun?

“Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can’t be God’s will? The God who made giraffes, a baby’s fingernails, a puppy’s tail, a crooknecked squash, the bobwhite’s call, and a young girl’s giggle, has … Continue reading

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Leadership 101.3- What Are Small Groups?

I’m posting content, videos, and questions from our online Leadership 101 training for new leaders. This is Part 3: What Are Small Groups? This video describes what small groups are and why we do them: God exists in community so … Continue reading

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Geeks and Geese

Looking for a small group? We’ve got one for you! Whether it’s geeking out over a challenging study or building friendships over games, we want to create environments where people can connect and grow. This is Part 2 of our … Continue reading

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Leadership 101.2- NCC Story

I’m posting content, videos, and questions from our online Leadership 101 training for new leaders. This is Part 2: The NCC Story: As a part of NCC, you are a shareholder in our church-wide vision. You are a part of … Continue reading

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Leadership 101.1- Go Make Disciples

I’m posting content, videos, and questions from our online Leadership 101 training for new leaders. This is Part 1: Go Make Disciples.  Leadership is the call to discipleship. In the Great Commission, Jesus commands us to make disciples, not find them. … Continue reading

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Leadership 101

We train our new leaders online. For a few years, I resisted that strategy. I thought it was important for potential leaders to be together in one room, for me to have face-to-face interaction, etc. But it was becoming harder … Continue reading

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Princess Parties and Football Games

Find a small group for you! We believe that community develops best around shared interests and activities– whether you are a princess or a quarterback. This amazing promotional video was developed with Team D Protege Andy Backus, Visual Storyteller Andy … Continue reading

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IF…

When I came on staff at National Community Church in January 2002, my first responsibility was to plan our first ever Leadership Retreat.  A decade later, I am now heading to my eleventh leadership retreat. I’m pretty sure it’s the … Continue reading

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Online Leadership 101

Two years ago, we blew up our small group system in a project called Operation Kaboom. One of the changes we made was in the way we offered initial training to potential small group leaders. Under the old system, potential … Continue reading

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One Crazy Idea: Bittersweet

It’s One Crazy Idea Week. I’m surrounded by crazy people doing crazy things, and all of them were fueled long ago, once upon a time, by one crazy idea. In this series, I want to introduce you to some of … Continue reading

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One Crazy Idea: New Rhythm Project

It’s One Crazy Idea Week. I’m surrounded by crazy people doing crazy things, and all of them were fueled long ago, once upon a time, by one crazy idea. In this series, I want to introduce you to some of … Continue reading

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Creative Vomit

On Sunday night, Larry Kramer won a Tony Award for his play The Normal Heart. The next day, I discovered that my old theatre buddy Elyzabeth Wilder wrote about a conversation she had with him almost 20 years ago: When … Continue reading

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Red

I recently finished reading the play Red. Focusing on the artistic process and personality of Mark Rothko, Red won the Tony Award for Best New Play in 2010. Similar to Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George, it is a … Continue reading

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Story 2010

I love Ben Arment. Why? Because he does awesome stuff like the Story conference. Amazing. STORY is a conference for the creative class in ministry on September 23-24, 2010 at Park Community Church in downtown Chicago. The purpose is to … Continue reading

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In the Heights

Alright…so here I go on another of my theatre posts. Last weekend, I saw one of my new favorite shows on Broadway: In the Heights. Actually, it’s one of the best new shows I’ve seen in a really long time. … Continue reading

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Unknown White Male

I watched a really interesting movie this weekend: Unknown White Male. It’s a documentary following a man who suddenly awoke on a New York subway to the realization that he didn’t know who he was. The movie chronicles the first … Continue reading

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Intersectional Discipleship

In the book The Medici Effect, author Frans Johansson introduces the idea of “intersectional innovation”—the creativity that emerges at the intersection of two seemingly disparate ideas, concepts, or fields of study. During the Renaissance, artists, scientists, poets, and philosophers converged, … Continue reading

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Christmas Music List

Alright, so I seem to be in the mood for making lists– must be a Christmas thing. Here are my favorite Christmas songs. I’m not sure why I think anyone would care a bit about this, but it’s my blog … Continue reading

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When God Spoke to a 7th Grader

It was 1986. My life goals included payload specialist with NASA, Broadway, politics, and I was still holding on to that dream of being the first female in Major League Baseball. I was a pretty good shortstop, after all. Because … Continue reading

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Best Volunteer Tribute EVER

This one’s a bit old, but our office just enjoyed viewing it again. From River Valley Church and Rob Ketterling, this is the best volunteer appreciation video I’ve ever seen. They entered it into our film festival a couple of … Continue reading

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