Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
I remember how I got my start in Creative. Pastor Neil Greathouse took a risk on me when I was in high school. I was just a 16 year old aspiring photographer that felt called to use my talent in the church. If there is one thing Pastor Neil has taught me through my years as a photographer at NLC, it is this — our job as creatives is to equip people to do the work of the ministry.
In Creative we talk about talent; but real talent isn’t talent until you are finding and producing other and more talented people. Talent is not in what you make, talent is in who you invest in. The church is full of talented and gifted people. They are all called to do something.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (1 Corinthians 12:4–7)
In order to accomplish this, our Creative directors presented the idea of masterclasses. A masterclass is given to students of a particular discipline by an expert of that discipline — including music, painting, drama, or on any other art form where skills are being developed. The photography and film masterclass was designed to help others learn how to tell stories through the medium of photo and video. Over four weeks, we covered the basics of composition, lighting, equipment, and storytelling. After the final class, we invited our students to help capture the NLC Worship Live Album Recording.
To be honest, these photographers are more talented than I am.
As creatives, we can get so caught up in the doing of our projects that we forget to take someone along with us. If you are photographing, editing, or setting up lights, take someone with you!
What a group can do together is greater than what one individual will accomplish alone. I saw this through our photographers at our live album recording last November. They captured the story of this event… and I could not be more proud of them!
What are you doing to invest in the next person?