Podcast Episode #39: Phil Bowdle - Finding a Weekly Rhythm for Your Creative Process
Posted: Sep 18 2016
Phil is the Creative Arts Pastor at West Ridge Church in Atlanta, GA. He is passionate about creating high-impact experiences that lead people to Jesus Christ.
In this episode, Phil talks specifically about the West Ridge Creative Process and getting your creativity into a weekly rhythm.
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
FINDING A WEEKLY RHYTHM FOR YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS
- Focuses on the first 10% and the last 10% of the creative process.
- Gives clear vision and direction.
- Identifies problems at the beginning so people know what they are trying to create.
- Steps away then comes back to finish the last 10%.
- Serves as the creative representative on the leadership team.
- Starts with the culture more than the process.
- Everything is evaluated from the beginning, in the middle, and to the end.
- There is a flow and a rhythm to what is created.
- No established rule book, depends on the project or season.
- Nail down the problem first before any work is done.
- Goal is to be 6-8 weeks out with the service 80-90% complete.
- There is less pressure to innovate every week when there is margin.
- With the pressure of a short timeline you tend to do things that are safe.
- Sunday - Game Day (morning rehearsal / production run through / service / evaluation of the first service / adjustments / service two and three)
- 1pm - The Worship and Production teams meets to evaluate what happened Sunday and the behind the scenes processes for the weekend. They look at the last 10% for that weekend and the weekend after.
- 2pm - The Communications and Media teams meet. They go over project management requests.
- 3pm - The Whole Team meets and discusses vision and direction followed by team prayer.
- Touch base if needed throughout the week. The rest of the week is for creating services/elements and developing people.
- Band members are volunteers.
- Other areas use volunteers as well.
- They are nothing without volunteers.
- Pushing team members to spend more time with volunteers to spread the creative culture throughout.
- Schedule inspiration into your week.
- Filter everything you are experiencing through this lens: How can I be inspired by this?
- Keep your radar up. (Whitney George)
- Why does this make me feel the way I feel right now? (Whitney George)
- It’s not about perfection. It’s about doing the best you can with what you have been given.
- It’s about stewardship.
- If it doesn’t feel real, you lose connection with it.
- We are more drawn to people’s scars than their perceived perfection.
- Authenticity will take us further in our leadership and how we connect with other people.
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