The precursor to Cole NeSmith's full length book coming later this year, "Creative Faith."
Creativity and Faith are knit into the fiber of who we are as human beings. We all have the capacity for creativity.
At times, we might feel a tension between the freedom, hope and expectation of creativity and the seeming rigidity of American Christianity - and often times there is. But the more we discover the heart of Jesus, the more we discover creativity is an essential element of following him.
Creative Faith helps us re-approach our perception of and expectation for our relationship with God. It gives us permission to look forward in expectation as the Holy Spirit empowers us to step into a new level of understanding and experience in our lives with God.
Creative Faith explores the relationship between Creativity and Faith in three parts.
1. Creative Heart : What are the things that exist inside us that make us creative people? 2. Creative Practice : How do we manifest our creativity in everyday life and in our faith? 3. Creative Leadership : How does creativity affect and influence our interactions and relationships with others?
Creative Faith helps us dive into a new level of intimacy with God and relationship with one another.
Cole NeSmith is the Pastor and Creative Director of City Beautiful Church in Orlando, FL. Additionally, Cole is heavily involved in the arts and culture of Orlando. He has been given opportunities to build cultural momentum for the city first hand through initiatives with the Downtown Development Board, United Arts of Central Florida as well as the Office of the Mayor.
He created and curates the Creative City Project which hosts artists and arts organizations performing in unexpected downtown public spaces. Through the Creative City Project, he has partnered with Cirque du Soleil, Orlando Ballet, SAK Comedy Lab, Mad Cow Theatre and dozens of other arts organizations.
Cole is also owner of Uncover The Color - an interactive and immersive experience company. Through Uncover The Color, Cole has partnered with the Catalyst Conference, the Echo Conference, the Cru National Leadership Conference, the Cru Bi-Annual Summer Conference and many other events.
Cole wrote and co-created the award winning “Connected : An Interactive Experience” which premiered at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival in 2012. He is also co-creator of The Tree of Light, an interactive sculpture.
His combination of artist, musician, actor, prophet and pastor brings a unique perspective to our lives and faith.