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Yesterday, I shared a call for champions. The more I think this through the more I realize we all need a team. Let me explain with a personal example.

The other night, my world’s collided. I was leading a paint party. One of the people at the paint party is also a fairly long time Facebook friend. She started talking to me about some of the pop/creature art I’ve been posting. This are looks very different from the work I do in my speaking ministry, but I came to the conclusion a long time ago that all that I do creatively is ministry. Some is for the church and some allows me to reach beyond the walls, but it’s all ministry. Well my pop/creature art is very much the beyond the walls part. It allows me access to a part of the world my more overtly Christian art won’t necessarily reach into. In these projects, it’s all about Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…” I am trying to build my skills to the point where I can speak into the art world with the Gospel.

Lately I have had a vision for a kind of web portal to open that door. It is a unique interactive website that would show the work in a unique way and I really think it could yield some pretty cool results. I know it could benefit and reach a lot of people. I can see it really clearly, but I don’t have the technical skills to pull it off. The thing is, even though I already have a pretty huge body of work, generating the art for it will be extremely time consuming. Now I have some experience in web design, and I have very little doubt that I could learn the skills I need to do the “programming” myself, but is that the best use of my time? And will it be as good as what someone more gifted in that area can do? After all there are people out there that already have all the skills to do this work and do it better than I can. On the other hand when it comes to the art, I am the only one who can create what is going on in my head. Why should I do what others can do at the expense of what only I can do? It makes more sense to build a team. Understand, I am not talking about finding people to do the grunt work. To make this thing the way I envision, it requires an artist who works in code and programming. What I’m talking about is working with someone or even a group of people for whom this project could be their masterpiece. I’m talking about a group of artists of all sort of disciplines doing their very best to create something earth-shaking. I’m talking about a team.

This is really God’s vision when He speaks of the Body of Christ.

The other night I had a dream. In the dream a woman came to me telling me about a book the Lord laid on her heart to write. It was weird, as dreams often are, but it felt like this same woman had come to me before, maybe in other dreams, telling me about this same book. I made the promise to her that if she wrote the book I would move heaven and earth to help her get the book published. I would champion her cause.

Now the truth is, I have written and/or illustrated quite a few books and have self-published them, so that part I probably could actually do for her. Where I have always struggled is in getting the self published books to sell. Most of the books I have sold have been sold after my speaking engagements, and even this has been sporadic and that’s when it hit me. We could all use a champion. We could all use others to help bring our creative dreams, not to mention callings, to reality. I could help someone get their book ready to publish and even to self publish, but from there I could really use a marketer to take it to the next level and get those books into the hands of people who need to read them.

Similarly, I was speaking with a young friend online the other day, who desires to be a speaker. She has had some experiences that could be used to benefit a lot of people. We got into a conversation and I laid out some tips and ideas that would help her refine her message and begin to make the connections to begin getting her message out. Now that’s not to say everything is one size fits all, and she has a lot of left work to do, but I was at least able to give a little direction from my point of view.

What if we all did that? It’s really not that difficult. You have a piece of the puzzle that someone else is missing. It might even be the piece that completes the picture. I would love to figure out how to build this into a community of champions where people can come and say, “Here’s my vision. Here’s where I’m stuck. Who can help?” This is ultimately “Body of Christ” stuff. We are more together than we are apart. So how about it?

Any champions out there?

This year, I am going to post creative challenges from God’s Word, the idea is simple, read the passage and create something based on it.

Let’s carry this collaboration thing further.

1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Paul speaks of the church as the body of Christ. In this scenario, each person is a member of the body and every member has a part to play. How would you express this to someone else?

If you’re interested, I’ve created a resource in three different group sizes, that illustrates this point for churches, youth groups, etc.

Check it out.

specialistOkay let’s start with the basics. You’re not well rounded, nor were you designed to be. It’s a fallacy of modern education. Somehow we’ve come to the conclusion that everyone needs to be good at everything. As a result much of education is spent working on our “weaknesses.” Of course you know what gets neglected in the process. That’s right, ur strengths. Now I will be the first to admit, we would try everything at one point or another as some gifts get buried in every day life, but as aptitudes become more and more apparent we should be focusing on these strengths and making them even better and better. Given the choice to be great at one thing or average at everything, I am going to choose greatness every time and, in my opinion, so should you.

How much different would our lives be if we were truly able to give our best to what we’re best at? Adding the faith component to all of this, what if the thing you’re best at is what you were designed to do. After all the Scripture calls the Church a body and specifies that every part of the body has its own function. This is the model for a heathy and thriving society. Consider what a community would be like if every person brought what they were the very best at to the table and if all these experts came together doing the thing they do best and pushing their weaknesses to people for whom those weaknesses are strengths, all of the sudden this community is doing what no individual can do alone, i.e. EVERYTHING WELL!

If we succeed at creating a generation of generalists, we will succeed at making everyone mediocre. That’s a brand of socialism I want no part of. I’d rather find my niche and serve the people who need or desire what I do. Be a specialist to the glory of God and come together with all the other specialists around you. Let’s all be the best we can be and work together to the glory of God.

1990IstAghiaSofiaChrisPantMosaicNo discussion of the Creator/creation/Potter/clay would be complete without looking at a mosaic. Hundreds of broken pieces, shattered seemingly beyond repair brought together to make something beautiful. It’s a nearly perfect image of the church. Sin wreaks havoc on our world and shatters our lives and then something wonderful happens. We come to Christ and He welcomes us and makes us a part of something bigger than ourselves, something beautiful. A beautiful mosaic called the Church. He brings us together and tasks us with being His body, His ambassadors, a beautiful image of Christ for the world to see.

Mosaics are tough. Lots of rough edges, lots of brokenness, lots of things that would make most people wonder if it is worthwhile. Why not just throw it away and start over with something new? A lot of people feel that way about the church too, and many throw it away. In the process they miss the point. All those broken pieces, submitted to the hands of a master artist, become wonderful. He painstakingly smooths the edges or makes them fit until they become exactly what he intended. He works with the pieces and restores them, uniting them not just in wholeness but in beauty. That’s what Jesus does for His church. He makes the broken whole and beautiful as part of something much bigger than anyone of us could be on our own.

Hebrews 10:25 says (Let us) not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Bring your brokenness to the local church and to the Master artist and become part of something big and beautiful.

davepaintslambWe live in a world where things are changing at an unprecendented pace with no sign of slowing down. How does the church respond to all this change. Very creatively. Let’s face it, no matter how much things change, the message of the Gospel remains the same and rightfully so, the Gospel is the hope of Christ to our broken world. So how do we take that unchanging message to an ever changing world? Again, very creatively!

I’m not saying change the message, it’s the Word of God and it’s good all by itself. I’m saying that God has empowered His people in the church to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth in a multitude of ways, designed by God Himself to reach a multitude of people. Is your church tapping into that creativity? Is it utilizing all of its people in all their glorious giftings? I’d like to help. You see I was one of those people. A new believer, struggling to find where I fit in the system. I’m not musical and I was terrified to speak in public. Those are the two main gifts we use in the church. Then one day something awesome happened. My pastor found a use for my gift and gave me permission to use it (art, in my case) to serve the Lord. It radically changed my life. Today I go to churches all over the US and preach and teach and use my gift of art to reach unbelievers and challenge believers to find and use their gifts.

That’s what I’d like to do for your church. I’d like to come in and share my gift and be used by the Lord to fire the imaginations of church members and churches alike. I’d like to share the Gospel with your community, but I’d also like to talk to the person who thinks his gift has no use in the Kingdom and I’d like to help the congregation to imagine what it would be like if all these diversely gifted people were putting their God-given gifts to serve the Lord in the church and community. How many people in your community could be reached if you just got a little creative?

I’m here to help. Contact me at for more information.

I was doing my Be the Body Presentation recently when something came up that I knew needed to post about. In 1 Corinthians 12, we read about all these great gifts that God gives us. It’s a really exciting list and it reflects two very important things about those gifts. First over and over and over again, Paul, the writer of the passage, takes great pains to remind us that all these gifts are the work “of the same Spirit.” This is hugely important. In our world there are a multitude of gifts and talents, some may be seen as spiritual while others may not. Frankly I see them all as gifts from God, because He is the giver of all good things, but I digress, when it comes to our gifts, they all come from the same place. They are the work of the same Spirit.

So why are the gifts given? Well in verse 7 tells us, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” The gifts are given for the common good. We may be differently gifted individuals but we are gifted for the common good, that is to do good for others, we have individual gifts but they are to be used in community with others for the good of the whole body! We don’t just exist for our own good, we exist “for the glory of God and our neighbor’s good.”

One gift is not more Spiritual than another, and they are given by the same God to different people to fulfill different parts of the same mission, to worship and glorify God and to do our part in drawing people to Jesus Christ. There’s no need to compare or complain, we are different parts of the same body and when we all do our part, the body flourishes and the body grows.

Your gifts and your talents are a gift from God. How are you using them? Is God being glorified? Are you serving others and are you contributing to the local expression of the body of Christ (your local church)? Remember to use your Spirit-given gifts for the common good. Challenge: Puzzled II
One of my favorite images from the Bible is the image of the church as the body of Christ. That we are all part of something bigger than ourselves, that all the parts (everyone) are needed for the body to function. That we all have a role to play. That’s what this symbolizes. Are you plugged in, are you serving, are you using your gifts to the glory of God or are you the missing piece?

Why would anyone not want to become what they were created to be?

I, for one, am puzzled.

The Challenge this week was “Contraption” so I constructed a Rube Goldberg Device. A group of seemingly unrelated parts grouped together to do a necessary function. I’m tempted to make a connection to the Body of Christ here, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Here’s a live example of a really cool device.

Artist/Pastor/Speaker Dave Weiss would love to come to your church and share his unique ministry. Dave is the founder of a ministry dedicated to helping people find and use their God-created purpose. Dave’s life was transformed when a pastor found a use for his unusual gift and his mission is to do the same for others. If your congregation has anyone in it that is having a hard time finding their purpose and where they fit into the body of Christ. Dave’s presentation is for you. For more information contact Dave Weiss at