3 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

I’m not creative!

the youth worker complained to me. “I see all these people with great ideas and nothing comes to me.” If you feel that way you’re not alone. The great thing is that this is an easy area to improve upon. Here are 3 great ways to increase your creativity this week.

Use Your Senses

Any lesson or activity can come to life by including your senses. Consider including these:

 

  • Sight –visually stimulate –colour –light or lack of it –object, media, chalk, books
  • Sound- bible on mp3, sound effects, vary intensity, avoid monotone, music, instruments
  • Smell- pop corn, perfume, paint, -smells trigger memory better than anything
  • Touch –can they feel the lesson, -hair, thorns, goo, water,
  • Taste- locusts and wild honey –mmmmm, bread, chocolate

    Use Time Effectively

  1. Brainstorming Time –begin two weeks in advance –check curriculum or topic –begin to brainstorm
  2. Lesson Planning Timing –get creative ideas for 4 parts of teaching, include 5 senses, and 5 methods
  3. Resource Gathering Time– run around and get stuff you need early –don’t assume it will be there
  4. Set up Time– need plenty of time before people arrive –use the room, seating, lighting to communicate
  5. Good sense of Timing –be ready early, keep things moving, cut short ideas that don’t work

 

Use these 4 Parts

Every talk or lesson can be improved by including these 4 parts.

HOOK- grab attention, spark interest in topic, create tension, sell your idea

BOOK-find 40 ways to do bible section of lesson (see below)

LOOK –what does this mean to me? –have them create lists, responses, stories, skits

TOOK- specific application, challenge, response for their life, homework and follow up

Try designing a lesson using this little grid.

hook book look took

Try these methods (this is for free!)

  • Make a video
  • Do Crafts
  • Bible on You Tube
  • Make skits
  • Games that require learning
  • Responsive reading
  • Background music
  • Study a song
  • Invite a guest
  • Field trip
  • Ask the pastor
  • Debate a topic
  • Do a survey
  • Interview
  • Video clip
  • Baking
  • Painting
  • Rewrite a song
  • Make poems (the students not you!)
  • Journaling
  • Speakers corner
  • Children’s books
  • Puppets –seriously
  • Clown costume
  • Use props
  • Object lessons

I find that researching websites, game sites, and looking at instagram,  face book or pintrest sparks ideas. You don’t have to copy exactly. You can get inspired and come up with your own thing.

These things works for me. Could you leave a comment about what works for you?

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Ron Powell

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Ron Powell is the Adviser to the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years. He continues to volunteer, write, teach, and speak to parents, leaders and teens. If you would like to contact him you can email ron.powell@vanguardcollege.com