God's Model for Creative Success

The CBD Team

Shane Helm    @shanehelm

Shane Helm

Mike Jones    @Bucket826

Mike Jones

Eddie Lobanovskiy    @lobanovskiy

Eddie Lobanovskiy

Emily Carlton    @EmilyaCarlton

Emily Carlton

Nick Sloggett    @NickSloggett

Nick Sloggett

This on-going study focuses on God’s model for creativity & how it can be used by today’s ever-busy creative professional in practical terms.

Creative by Design was founded in 2014 by Shane Helm and Mike Jones as a way for creatives, that share in a belief in their Creator, to study together at the end of the Creative South conference.

Eleven creatives met one Sunday in April 2014 in the "upper room" of Iron Bank Coffee in Columbus, GA to end Creative South on a spiritual note. Creatives Emily CarltonPeter DeltondoDavid Kovalev, and Eddie Lobanovskiy were part of the group that met that day.  The study centered around God's model for creativity: 

  1. Inspire
  2. Create
  3. It's Good
  4. Rest

If creatives will follow this model, they will stay inspired and avoid burnout.

Studies continued online throughout the year on Google Hangouts, and in 2015 at the end of Creative South, 28 creatives came together again to study God's model and have a discussion centered around the struggles creatives have.  The class was broadcast on Periscope to over 1,200 people.

On April 10, 2016 the class met again with 76 in attendance to discuss the fears creatives must overcome in the process of doing their work.  Guest speaker Luke LeFevre taught the class on fear and led a discussion centered around the topic. Eminent Worship also performed popular worships songs, and Shane Helm taught on the Biblical model for creativity.

Creative by Design's mission is to bring believing creatives together in community, to study the hard issues creatives face, and to offer hope to those struggling in their creative fields. 

It is my passion to build community among believers. I pray ‘Creative by Design’ will bring hope to those who share in a belief in our Creator and who love to create as He created.
— Shane Helm

Imagine what an invigorated and impassioned force for good the creative community could be if they came together to work for God's will.



O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.



For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.