For over a decade, I have been a (near) full-time professional writer, producing both small-form content for marketing as well as longer-form books for publishers of all sorts. I’ve written non-fiction Bible studies and fiction from across the genre spectrum. I’ve been paid for my words, from both clients and customers—publishers and readers. And while I’ve given of my time and talents to both, there has been a yearning to do more.
To give back. To people who are full-on professionals or hustling toward that end, or those with just the smallest spark of desire who want to create—whether as a vocation, like me, or just simply as a hobby and past time.
After all we’ve been through the past two years, 2022 seemed like a good time to change that.
The blog name comes from the Christian term the Church Militant. As the ever-knowing Wikipedia explains, the Church Militant “consists of Christians on earth who struggle as soldiers of Christ against sin, the devil, and ‘the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.'”
The Church Creative is something similar, but also something different. It consists of Christians on earth who CREATE as co-Creators with Christ, unleashing the power of the pen in (all its forms) upon the world in gospel-driven ways—seeking to entertain and thrill, move and motivate, give insight and inspire into the crazy love of God in Jesus Christ.
This is a blog for Christian Creatives. Or maybe it’s the other way around: Creative Christians. Either way, I hope to make this a regular part of my daily creative rhythm—if not for you, Christian Creative, then for myself. As a sort of bank of musings and ideas about what it means to a creative person inside the Church, while expressing that creativity for God’s glory and human flourishing.
Not entirely sure what I will fill this space with. Sometimes a quotation, sometimes a verse of Scripture. Other times some advice on craft, business, or the creative life. Who knows; we’ll see.
What I do know is that I want to, in some way, encourage and equip the Church Creative to do its thing, to be unleashed upon the world with the gospel-mandate to create—whether paintings or prose, stories or stitching—for God’s glory and human flourishing.
Both seem like a good place to start this year as a Creative Christian myself. So, here’s to a creative 2022. For the glory of God and good of the world.
Create for Christ,