Supporting and Encouraging Creativity in Congregations

Supporting and Encouraging Creativity in Congregations

Supporting and Encouraging Creativity in Congregations

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, pastor and artistic director Lisa Cole Smith. Smith facilitated this workshop in October 2016. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at

Berryman, Jerome W. The Complete Guide To Godly Play, Volume 8: Enrichment Presentations. Atlanta, GA: Morehouse Education Resources, 2012. A practical yet innovative approach to religious education -- becoming childlike in order to teach children. Godly Play invites us to consider spiritual development as a process in which the creative spirit is alive in the education of both young and old.

Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge, 2002.
This book, by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal, sets out the principles and practice of Boal's revolutionary method, showing how theatre can be used to transform and liberate everyone – actors and non-actors alike.

Boal, Augusto. Theatre of the Oppressed. New York, NY: Theatre Communications Group Inc., 1993. Boal’s writings can be a catalyst for thinking about the role of the congregation as active participant verses spectator. It is also an exciting invitation to explore creative means as a method for effecting social change.

Brook, Peter. The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate. New York, NY: Touchstone, 1996. Director Peter Brook divides the theatrical landscape into four different types: the Deadly, Holy, Rough and Immediate Theater. In exploring the different theatres, the reader may find obvious similarities between these categories of theatrical experience and worship experiences and, hopefully, find clues to think differently about one’s own context.

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Accessed October 20, 2016.  Calvin is based in Michigan and aims to promote the scholarly study of the theology, history, practice of worship and renewal of worship in local congregations.

Diggles, Dan. Improv for Actors. New York, NY: Allworth Press, 2004. This step-by-step guide shows how actors can take risks and gain spontaneity in all genres of scripted theater. This is a wealth of games and exercises easily applied to group settings for warm-ups and discussion starters.

Rohd, Michael. Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue: The Hope is Vital Training Manual. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1998. The first step forward in working with today's youth is to create a dialogue, and that is exactly what this exciting new book does. It helps you provide opportunities for young people to open up and explore their feelings through theatre, offering a safe place for them to air their views with dignity, respect and freedom. It is useful in any group setting or as a tool for outreach.