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In the previous two days, my wife Dawn and I spent 16 hours in a car. It was an almost annual trip for us. You see she and I both love to create and Country Living Magazine does this fair a few times every year. It’s sort of a craft and antique fair with workshops and other events thrown in. We really enjoy it. We both have really active schedules, especially at this time of year and we go more for togetherness and inspiration than to actually buy stuff.

If you guys knew Dawn you would love her. She is one of the most unselfish people you ever wanted to meet. She is generous and I really have to talk her into buying anything for herself. Well yesterday she broke down and bought a purse. But it was so much more than a purse. We went to this one booth that had all these really interesting looking purses. As we approached the booth there was someone there to just briefly introduce us to the story. It was a booth from a non-profit called Unshattered.

They had really quality products that were pretty original, but that’s not why Dawn bought the purse. The purse Dawn bought was made from a piece of a backdrop from a Broadway show. It’s vibrant and textured with the many layers of paint that are used on such a drop and while that is cool, it’s not why she bought it either. No, she bought this purse because of the story. You see Unshattered is a 501c3 company that is all about helping people rebuild lives. Here is their belief statement:

“Providing a path toward a better life is a key part of the addiction recovery process. Relapses happen most often to those who do not have a safe community to return to and/or the ability to establish economic independence. If these factors are in place, however, lifetime recovery rates are significantly higher.

By using their God-given abilities, our women create meaningful products that act as tangible representations of their value and self-worth. We believe that this healing leads to transformation and ultimately gives our women the opportunity to find their calling and live an addiction-free life.”

Their mission statement says “Unshattered is a 501c3 nonprofit social enterprise whose mission is to provide pathways toward sustained sobriety and economic independence for women who are winning their fight against addiction.

We are committed to demonstrating that the cycle of addiction can be broken and are proud to be a facilitator of lasting, positive change.”


They told us the story of the woman who lovingly made the purse Dawn bought and it was sold. Here’s why this is important. We didn’t just buy a purse. We bought a story. We bought into someone’s vision. We saw someone trying to help people and make a difference and we bought in.

Why do I share this? Two reasons. First of all, I’m hoping you’ll go check out their website and help them out with a purchase or two or five, but secondly, this is the kind of thing I’ve been talking about for all the years of this site’s existence. Creative ministry isn’t just done inside of churches. It’s done any time we see a need and find a creative way to meet it. Unshattered is not just making purses. Like the art form of Kintsugi (an art form that makes broken pottery whole by fusing the pieces together with gold) that inspires their work, they are helping make broken lives whole.

See a need and meet it creatively. Remember 1 Peter 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others…” How can you make a difference today?

Some years ago I created a comic that is about to be restarted as memes called Chatting Crania. It’s a simple concept. You’ve heard of talking heads, usually referring to newscasters who do nothing but sing in a chair and read the news.


Well I took it a step further and created single panel comics where the comments is just a head saying something pithy. Well of course there is already a band called the Talking Heads and since I’m sure they can afford better lawyers, I named my strip chatting crania. I started to think about how humorous it might be to be doing a presentation while my slides are making comments behind me and this idea was born. Download the package (50 backgrounds for just $3) and plug in whatever you want them to say.

Click here to get yours!

One of the Facebook groups I am a part of had the members set their guiding word for the year as a way of looking at our goals. My word for the year is:


You might be thinking no surprises there, but it’s more than it appears to be. You see as I look at my goals this is what they all involve.

My goals for this year include:

To do more creative coaching. I would like to have at least five “clients” this year. Contact me if you’re interested.

To finish the two books I have in progress. One entitled The Creative Church Manifesto and the other doesn’t have a title yet but it’s about helping individuals and businesses to build their creativity.

To rework and enhance my Creative Church Workshop and to offer it at least five times this year.

To create a teaching resource for church creative arts groups and begin beta testing with my own group and at least two other groups. I consider this second element to be vital. It’s pretty easy to teach your own material but to create that material so others can teach it is the “rub.”

To build a new website, combining all my web presences into one.

To create several marketable resources for building creativity, including a day-long workshop for individuals, students and/or businesses.

I am also working on a brand new presentation for churches called Evangelism is Love and I have set a speaking goal of at least 50 engagements this year.

That’s a full plate and as you can see, every one of these goals will require creativity. Now as with most goals, these are things I desire to complete. As I move forward in prayer, some goals will be tabled and new things I haven’t thought of yet will replace them, but this is what I am aiming for, trusting God to motivate, change and redirect as needed.

Creativity is my word for this year. What is yours?

One of the things of which I have been convinced is that setting goals, writing them down and sharing them is a great way to keep yourself accountable, focused and motivated. As we approach a new year, it’s a great time to set these goals and start working toward accomplishing them. So what are your goals? Here are a few of mine:

My primary goal continues to be to go earn my living as a speaker/artist/writer. One of the areas of weakness for me has been my website and marketing. For this reason a primary goal is to:

  1. Make my website more for promotion of my speaking ministry:
    • Should I create separate speaker site or merely create new landing page for AMOKArts?
    • I need to fix the way the domain works on my website for that I can send a link that says, etc.
    • I believe the best way to accomplish this is to AMOKArts and Beware of Artists to a self hosted blog and I am working toward this goal. I hope to accomplish this by January 15.
  2. I am excited to be hosting a Creative Church Workshop (5/3/14) Because of this I will need to
    • Create promo material and get to the printer by early (January 5).
    • Outline and finalize workshop (March 1)
    • Create workshop booklet (for sale?) (March 1)
    • Work on booking the workshop in other locations (ongoing)
  3. I am hoping to spend most of the year on a tour presenting my presentation Pictures of Jesus. This will mostly be weekend excursions though I hope to do at least one longer excursion, tentatively in May.
    • Finish promo material (January 15)
    • Make new promo video (January 15)
    • Contact all local churches and churches in strategic areas for weekend tours and possible coast to coast in May.(January 31)
    • Determine other weekends for short tours and promote in those areas as well
    • Get copies of promotional materials to interested parties (January 15)
    • Write Pictures of Jesus souvenir book (ASAP)
    • Develop souvenir DVD?
    • Look into Pictures of Jesus tour shirt (January 15)
    • Create more paintings for sale as well as other merchandise (ongoing)
    • Develop a better rate structure (ASAP)
  4. My study emphasis this year will be on the Parables of Jesus with the goal of writing a book and expanding my presentation Story: Parables of Jesus book (year long study). (December 31) To go along with this work, I hope to:
    • Create some merchandise to go along with the Parables of Jesus presentation(ongoing)
    • Create a better promo piece for Story: Parables of Jesus and improve web page(June 1)
    • Book presentation into at least one camp (March 1)
  5. Create a presentation for a camp that has already seen Pictures of Jesus and Story (August 15)
    • Possibly a new A Night AMOK: Tell the World???
  6. Promote worship painting service to local churches and Social Media (March 1)
    • Live worship event???
  7. Develop a creativity workshop for schools and/or business and book at least one (Finalized by June 1)
    • Finish Just Make Art short booklet (June 1)
    • New idea/drawing book or game and other merchandise (June 1)
  8. Submit Five Paintings to Licensing agent by January 15
  9. Start artists’ small group at my home church (March 1)

As you can see, I have laid out a lot of goals for this year. You might also have noticed I placed dates on most of them. The reason for this is to help me to stay focused. Some of these goals are hard and fast others are just to give me something to shoot for. No doubt some things will move onto this list and others will move off but this is where I am starting. These are strictly my ministry goals. I also have personal and family goals as well.

So how about you. What are your goals?

Dave Weiss has developed a new artist’s gift shop online to raise some funds to move AMOKArts forward. Here is the latest design:
Click the image, to see some of the items available with this design.
To see all 633 products (so far) Click here.