Rob bell on the creative process

Notes from Rob Bell’s talk on the creative process at Greenbelt Festival. Brackets are mine.

Creativity starts with how you see the world
1. God is already present – first assumption. At every time you’re on holy ground learn to observe.
2. Capture the moment remember. Write things down. Take note. Take a photo.
Turn your edit button off until the thing is written/ or out of the brain. Get it out first then edit.
It nay be rubbish but unless you get it out you’ll never know.
3. You make stuff because you have to, they’re in you. (passion and need?). Youdfont have control over how it is received. The reward is not that it is received well but that you were able to create it. (God given creativity accomplished)
4. creativity is exhausting. That’s ok and it is a cost of creativity. Take a break if or when ideas don’t come.

Questions. Creativity doesn’t have to be written or artistic. Could be organisational. (Just following spirit really)

I did then ask a question about church-planting, and, in particular how he planted his church, but he didn’t really expand on the beginnings of his church any more than he did in Velvet Elvis – namely, that he was an associate pastor in another church and a group of them thought there was a need for a church plant. They were offered the use of warehouse building for the rent of $1 a year, and five weeks later they began. Velvet Elvis says that on the first week nearly 1000 people turned up. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t go into more detail on what happened in those 5 weeks.


9 thoughts on “Rob bell on the creative process”

    1. He wasn’t trying to be biblical in this seminar. He was talking about tips to maintain creativity. He did have another talk which I had to leave half way through (due to a bored toddler) which was about failure and new beginning (based on Peter’s denials).

      Ever been to Greenbelt, Peter?

      1. Almost went last year given the speakers. But no, to be honest not really ever seen anything in the line-up that would make me want to go. And it is just SO liberal these days.

      2. That’s not quite true. Greenbelt is a place that welcomes people of all theologies and there is usually something there for everyone. You simply pick the speakers you want to hear and ignore the ones you don’t and you are free to agree or disagree with whom you please. I heard Paula Gooder speak this year (not liberal), Michael Mitton who is Missioner for the Derby diocese (also not liberal) , John Bell is there almost every year (ditto) and there were some good things in the Methodist Church tent too. It really depends on who you go and listen to.

    1. The inerrant Word of God. I think you and I and him all agree on that one.

      Anyway, my point is that you cannot dismiss the whole festival as liberal when there is such diversity of speakers.

      1. I understand entirely where you’re coming from. I’ve just failed to find the number of speakers I’d be interested in in order to spend three days there (and camp on top of it).

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