How to maximize your creative skills this summer

Jan 25, 2018 | The Official Blog

Do you have a creative artistic side to you? Do you have some technical skills in photography, or videography, or design, or computer programming? Do you love writing, event planning, marketing, or problem solving? Have you ever thought of how those interests, skills and giftings can overlap with ministry? Wow, we’re so glad you asked!

This year we have a never-been-done-before, unique, super fun summer mission trip in Guelph, Ontario.

We would like to introduce you to CREATE, a summer mission trip that will work alongside the Creative Communications team in a few key areas. Through this, we believe we can help students discover Jesus and grow God’s Kingdom in Canada and around the world.  We seek to partner with the Spirit by giving you the opportunity to use your computer, artistic and communication skills to contribute to building God’s Kingdom.

Here are a few of the people that work on the Creative Communications team that you might work alongside:

Rebekah: Videographer

Rebekah films, edits, plans video shoots, and trains the video team. She started working on the Creative Communications team because she wanted to use her gifts and passion for art to serve the Lord in ministry, and help grow his kingdom.

She shares, “I love the power and impact of a story. One of my favourite things in my job is using video to invite and challenge others to go on missions. God used a missions video to speak to me in my first year, where he transformed my heart and sent me into long-term creative ministry with P2C. Now it’s come full circle; I get to invest my time, heart, and skills into making the same kind of videos that God used in my life!”

Deb: Photographer and Graphic Artist

Deb tells stories of God changing students’ lives through photography – whether it be during an event, on a campus, in our Global Missions locations, or exploring a topic. She also designs and create pieces in print and digital media to help others be inspired to help students discover Jesus (like the SEEN handbooks at P2C PLUS this year).

She shares, “When I reflect on the journey God has taken me on since I first joined staff 15 years ago, I am thankful for how he has led me. I never thought I could be a dedicated photographer and artist in ministry, and I am humbled to serve in this creative capacity he put in me.

Matt: Social Media Strategist and Analyst

Matt is part of the social media team, and his job involves connecting people with information that helps them do ministry wherever they are. This includes using social media to equip and encourage students in doing ministry; and reporting how that reaching went to the people who created the blog posts, videos, etc.

He shares, “I never thought I’d go into full time ministry; then an opportunity came up that matched my skills, education, and passion. So I signed up for a one-year internship… and haven’t looked back.”

Patrick: Editor-in-Chief and Writer

Patrick is the Editor-in-chief of our online content and he helps write small group materials. He started working on the Creative Communications team because he wanted to communicate the beauty of the gospel through mediums he loves: words, music, movies, and podcasts.

He shares, “This is by far the best job I’ve ever had. God has given me a passion for telling stories, and the Creative Communications team gives me the opportunity to learn how to do that in a bunch of unique ways: I’ve created a podcast, a short film, led a journalism team to Denmark, produced articles for small group materials, and will be making a documentary next.”

Michaella: Graphic Designer and Illustrator

Michaella does graphic design and illustration for projects in Power to Change – Students. She decided to do an internship on the Creative Communications team because she saw it as an opportunity to use the things she was interested and passionate about (art and design) to serve students and build the Kingdom of God.

She works in the Guelph office and shared, “I wasn’t so sure I would like working in an office, but the people are so great and the work has been fun. Overall it’s been really fulfilling.”

Wesley: Apologist

Wesley is an apologist with Ultimate Questions, an initiative that seeks to be a resource to the P2C – Students community in seeking credible answers to the curious questions we all have, pointing to the Ultimate answer of Jesus. He writes articles and blogs, gives talks, and engages with students on topics related to inter-faith dialogue and how they can have confidence in the Bible.

He shares, “The Christian faith is an informed one; you don’t have to leave your brain at the entrance to the church sanctuary or drop your faith off at the door of the lecture hall. You can have firm confidence in the essential truths of the Christian faith because of the evidence not in spite of it.”

Do any of these roles sound like something you want to do too? Join us this summer to CREATE for the flourishing of God’s Kingdom in Canada and around the world!

If you have skills in engineering, design, art, music, writing, videography, photography, a computer programming, business, marketing or finance, we would love for you to join us! You may have never imagined how God can use your creative talents in ministry, but we hope that through this mission trip, you will experience it first hand!

The application for CREATE is a two step process:

  • Submit a mission trip application.
  • Submit this skills questionnaire to help us discern how you could fit on this team.

Questions? Email create@p2c.com

There are also internship and staff opportunities on the Creative Communications team. Check those out here.

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