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Do you know Richard Castle?

Rick is a creative. He writes books. Now the television character is dripping with dough and good looks. Your Richard Castle might not have reached his stride just yet.

Richard’s creative side might not show up in a great ability to write. He might be an actor, a singer or an artist.

The latest science shows that when people are creative, they experience a reduction in critical thinking and long-term memory and as heightened emotionality.

Your Rick Castle is likely to live in his emotions more than some people, but this doesn’t mean he understands them. He probably doesn’t understand how his personality and his relationship with God mesh. Many creatives do no value themselves, and tend to see what is wrong instead of what is right.

You can help!

Take time to help your Rick connect with the strengths God gave him and learn to walk with freedom, compassion and joy.

Take time to listen to Rick. Many of our creatives in today’s culture are actually our prophets. They see life a bit differently than the rest of us, and much like the kings of old, we need to train ourselves to listen to see what God is really saying.

Create opportunities for Rick to use his gifts in worship and in ministry. Many people in your church express themselves through art. Do you have an opportunity for them to share their creations? Does your church allow for creative worship expressions? How do you train creatives to take part in worship through of their giftings?

Sometimes we think that if everyone would just follow, life would be easier. However, God isn’t really into us having our agenda. He wants us to be on His agenda. The creatives in your church are His gift to help you connect with God’s agenda.

Can you show them how much God values them?

Can you invite them to engage with God through their gifts?

Will you help them engage with the Body and share their talent for the benefit of God’s Kingdom?

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The people in this “Coming to Your Church This Sunday” series aren’t real – even those who are designed from television characters. They are a compilation of people we have known, read about, heard of and heard from throughout the years. Their purpose is to help church leaders get to know those in their congregation and those who might walk through the door. If you see yourself in them, you just have a lot in common with the rest of the human race.