The power of collaboration has been evident throughout the ages. And I feel like more and more I’m experiencing how dynamic collaboration with kindred creative’s can be. And when you connect at the core with another gifted artist, and God provides the spark…there’s no ceiling.
Yep, you will thank me as I did find this on twitter with pals like @randyelrod and @chukazooloo who are part of the cre:ate conference tribe. In fact, some of North Point’s programming people have been part of that for years. So, that is one reason I love going to that conference each year is to hang out and learn from people who do this!
The cre:ate2110 conference in Franklin, Tennessee has been more than a conference for my the past nine years. As a “creative” in ministry I feel like I belong to a tribe of amazingly smart, gifted and godly men and women who gather each year to have an extraordinary salon about worship, film, media, art and culture. There seems to be no other ministry related event in the nation like this. I owe this very blog to attending cre:ate conference. I am now in the top 50 of Christianity blogs, and the collective blogroll the tribe of attendees is amazingly strong with people like Carlos and Randy. (Go to my blogroll to see some of them). This is just one tangible evidence of how impacting this conference has been on me and others. Each year I look forward to learning from authors, pastors, filmmakers and the collective group which alone is worth the trip. Indeed, the relationships that have lasted these years and influenced me have made this trip one I cannot miss. On top of that, the experiences with music, art and food are astounding. I can’t wait!
Randy Elrod is a friend who has impacted my life in ways he may never know. He has a new book of his water colors out called “Beauty Is Calling” and is offering it at a discount price right now of $19.99 (a $60 value). Besides the enjoyment of this book as a collection of art, you will be supporting Kalien, a center that mentors young artists. Go to Randy’s blog to find out more and purchase the book.
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In previous years, I blogged like a journalist at the cre:ate conference. This year, I am happy that many more were actually living blogging. We have spawned many bloggers over the years from this annual creative think-tank. I did not want to be completely lazy. So, here is a round up of fellow bloggers who actually blogged the event:
I am at the cre:ate 2008 think-tank and conference in Franklin, TN. This is the place that got me and dozens of others blogging, by the way. The conversations about faith, art and creativity are amazing as is the food. This is my seventh year and it is great to catch up on some old friends while making new ones. I will be blogging sporadically throughout this event, so stay tuned for updates, or follow the Twitter threads on my sidebar.
I have to point out that I have met a few bloggers on my trip to Atlanta and Nashville. Please check out my blogroll on the sidebar. My favorite name out of the newly named blogs is "Chris from Canada" since Chris made a big deal about how I (and others) would say "Bob from XYZ Church" without mention to their national origin. Well, Chris, it just means we in the US love our dear northern neighbor.
The fabulous Brenton Brown is nearly a twin! He writes worship music, leads worship and is good-looking. So, there you have it. We are twins…almost. Today, I had the privilege of spending some time with my re:create pals at a songwriting workshop at the EMI Christian Publishing building near Nashville. I love the WorshipTogether people and how they have helped facilitate the modern worship movement!
OK. Leeland is my hero! High “B” and “Cs” were being hit left and right and what a passion to sing. Day 4 at re:create was powerful, to say the least. If you know Leeland, then you know what I mean.