Every once and a while at Northstar we try a piece of art in our services that crashes and burns. A spoken word piece that doesn’t come off right, a visual art piece that just doesn’t connect, a scene that’s just a bit to abstract. The list could go on and on.
But each and every one of these failures aren’t failures. They are risks that we take and in each and every one of them we try, we learn, and we evaluate.
We are trying our best to express the gospel, our love for the gospel, and the truth of Christ in a way that connects with the deepest emotional place possible and in an effort to do that we sometimes fail.
But there are two greater failures…
1.) You can do what so many churches, bands, and companies are guilty of; just copy what has been successful. Don’t innovate, don’t try anything new, just take the safe road and be satisfied with being a simple echo of what you could be if you dug into yourself and took a risk.
2.) You can do the same thing over and over until it loses all captivation, all it’s ability to compel and therefore disrespect the gift that you have been entrusted with because of fear.
The fear of failure is real and especially in churches where we realize that we have 1 hour each week to present the gospel in a way that is both creative and truthful, poetic and powerful, emotional and foundational. We want to get it right, we must get it right, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t humble ourselves to use the talents and creative minds entrusted to us by the ultimate Creator himself. We must take a risk and that means at times we will fail.
In our failures, when we humbly stand back up, we reflect our passion for the gospel, the grace of Christ and yes even our artistic failures can tell the Gospel in a way that is creative and compelling.
After all, what is more compelling than grace.