It’s been three months since I announced a God-given vision of organizing a mission trip for creatives. After being overwhelmed by comments and emails from folks and creative teams who are interested in participating, I had an “Oh wow, I guess we actually need to do this” moment.
So, it’s time for some updates.
If you’re not familiar with the Creative Missions idea, the original post will catch you up to speed.
The target area for the first creative mission trip is an association of churches in upstate New York – Reaching from Albany to Pittsfield, MA. There’s a wide variety of churches found from inner city to suburban, to rural. In addition, there’s a good number of church plants to established churches. Click on the thumbnail to expand.
I’ve spoken to the director of the association and he is ecstatic about this idea. In fact, he mentioned that just a couple of weeks ago he was telling someone “wouldn’t it be cool if.” Praise God for affirmations.
We are very thankful to those who have been gracious to extend support and resources. If your organization is interested in being a partner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CreativeMYK: The good folks over at CreativeMYK.com have offered to help partner in many areas including free advertising and gathering sponsorship to bring in top-notch speakers for the evening sessions — We’re thinking about making this missions during the day and conference at night.
- Center for Church Communication: CFCC is a “resource for church communicators. Churches have the greatest story ever told, but struggle to tell it well. [They] want to help churches tell it better.” What a perfect fit for Creative Missions.
Leadership Core [AKA The Brain Trust]
This vision is too big for one person. It requires a group of folks to help whiteboard, steer, and advise. I’m excited and honored to announce the leadership core of creative missions. I have spoken to each one of these folks and they all have a heart for this vision and are full of God-inspired ideas.
- Phil Bowdle @philbowdle: Communications Director at West Ridge Church, Dallas, GA.
- Andy Burns @theandyburns: Video Director at The Chapel, Chicagoland.
- Michael Buckingham @holycowcreative: Holy Cow Creative, Center for Church Communication, and Church Marketing Sucks, Midland, MI.
- Matt Knisely @mattknisely: Communications Director at Lawton First Assembly, Lawton, OK.
- Eric Murrell @ericmurrell: Interactive Communications Manager at Long Hollow Baptist, Hendersonville, TN.
- Katie Persinger @mrspersinger: Communications Production Director at The Chapel, Chicagoland.
- Tim Schraeder @timschraeder: Communications Director at Park Community Church, Chicago, IL.
High Level Dates
Here are proposed high-level next steps. Prayer definitely needs to be a big part of all of this.
- July-September 2010: Planning and logistics. Frequent posts on MediaSalt to keep everyone in the loop.
- October 2010: Leadership Core (those who can make it) vision trip to NY. Face time with the association, churches, and logging needs.
- November 2010: All details finalized and open registration.
- February/March 2011: Applications deadline for anyone wishing to participate.
- April 2011: Information packets sent out. Details the team you’re in and church you’ll be serving, as well as their creative needs. Collaboration and preparation are key before hitting the ground.
- May 2011: Creative Missions Trip
Need more background on Creative Missions?
- A Mission Trip For Creatives
- Creative Missions: Moving Forward
- Creative Missions Update
- An Open Letter to Those Considering Creative Missions