The Creative Arts team at Mosaic Christian Church (located outside Baltimore, MD) has a very real leg up in the church industry—our pastor is consistently 6 weeks ahead on sermons. All of our creative elements flow from what is taught on a Sunday, so this keystone habit allows for the Creative Arts teams to marinate on the cited scripture, research trends, and pitch ideas in a focused meeting.
For “super bowl” weekends (like Christmas and Easter), we are given even more notice. 10 weeks out from Easter this past year, we had the text (Isaiah 61:1-2 and Matthew 5:3) and the big idea (“Jesus Came for the Outcast”). We were given two weeks to brainstorm on our own, and then we came together for a creative pitch meeting 8 weeks out from Easter.