Creativity can be frightening. Creativity brings change, and change makes us uncomfortable.
While change is Biblical (e.g. repentance), we do not always understand change and, thus, stifle creativity.
We associate change with a departure from Scripture, adding to or taking away. We often describe it as binding or loosing where God has not.
Interestingly, people who have taken such action do not recognize their departure from the truth.
Is it possible for leadership to encourage creativity without the fear of this kind of change? Yes!
Create a “safe” environment. People need to know it is okay to discuss, and even disagree, where there is no violation of Scripture. At the first sign of disapproval, creativity will stop.
Equip people with the right tools. It is difficult for people to creatively develop ideas if they are ill equipped. However, if they know the tools will be provided, creativity will soar.
Give heed to personal advice. If we want to encourage creativity, then we need to be careful about promoting our own ideas.
Remember, we are trying to help others achieve success. Creativity can make the difference. Encourage it!