Adam Fry

leadership, creativity + the church

CreateLife
November 19, 2014

Creating Life in Your Experiences

“Life beats down and crushes the soul
and art reminds you that you have one.”
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I recently came across this quote from the late, Stella Adler, American actress and acclaimed acting teacher, and it forced me to stop and reflect on what it meant for me as a Service Program Director for our church community. Every week, people walk through our doors who feel broken, beaten down and crushed by life. And every week, we as church leaders, communicators and creatives are given this incredible opportunity to proclaim the truth of God’s love, drenched in grace, that carries that power to lift people eyes up toward heaven and experience hope. But if we were all honest with ourselves (even just for a moment), we would all have to admit that some of the services we lead couldn’t be described as hopeful, inspiring or life-giving. Those who walked in feeling crushed, walk out feeling the same way. - Read More -

ProjectPlateau
December 15, 2013

Pushing Through Project Plateau

New ideas are great. And although it is part of the creative and leadership essence and role to constantly generate new ideas, our addiction to new ideas is also what often leaves us milling around aimlessly in a plateau filled with skeletons of abandoned ideas.

As we move further along the trajectory of execution, our ideas become less interesting as we realize the implied responsibilities and sheer amount of work require to execute them. Our energy, commitment and willingness to tolerate the navigation of details and sometimes painful process of execution rob us of the natural high we experience when the idea was first conceived – and we are left mucking through the muddy waters of project plateau, feeling drained, tired and, at moments, uncertain of the it’s validity.  I tenderly refer to this place as the valley of the shadow of death – the place were dreams are abandoned and dreamers avoid.

The easiest and most seductive escape from the project plateau is the most dangerous one: a new idea.

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November 1, 2013

How to Build and Loose Trust

A came across this TEDx Talk the other day by Simon Sinek and I thought it was worth sharing, as Simon unpacks the way that leaders can build and loose trust within their organization. As church leaders, we depend on trust as a foundational building block to how we lead – but as Simon points out, we can quickly loose it by placing our attention on the wrong things and minimizing our face-to-face interactions.

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October 21, 2013

Safeguarding Authenticity

Let’s be honest, there are very few leaders in the church who don’t struggle with the feelings of inadequacy. It’s a reality that plagues the best of leaders. But the question isn’t whether or not we are inadequate (The simple answer is, yes. The Bible clearly says, we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. And as Spiritual Leaders, we feel that more than anyone at times.), but how do we handle the inadequacy in our lives, ministries and leadership without feeling fake, while still safeguarding authenticity?

That is a question I have asked myself many times. Have you?

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