Most of us have big ideas and plans when we begin working in the world of youth ministry. We have programming ideas, series ideas, retreat ideas, outreach event ideas, and more. And while we probably implement some of those creative plans, over time, the creativity and innovation muscle in us tends to wane. On this episode, we’re talking about the dangers of becoming stagnant creatively, what to do when you’re stuck in a creative rut, and how to bring creativity back to your youth ministry.


  • When ministry beats the creativity out of you (5:15)
  • Why the church continues to be stuck in a creative rut (9:25)
  • Reasons it’s difficult for youth ministry workers to stay creative (11:05)
  • How to take a step outside of what you’re doing regularly (12:16)
  • The importance of finding a creative team outside of your church’s walls (17:45)
  • The importance of staying creative and the dangers of falling into a predictable routine (18:45)
  • How to be creative when you don’t have a team (23:00)
  • How to be creative in all areas of your ministry (24:53)
  • How to keep your brain thinking creatively each week (35:15)
  • Advice for the youth ministry leader who feels like they’re stuck in a rut and wants to be creative again (45:09)


Website: The So & So Show

Event: The 2020 Orange Conference

Resource: XP3 Middle School curriculum

Resource: XP3 High School curriculum

Resource: 252 Kids

Just For Fun: Jonathan D. Williams’s IMDB page

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