Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

Jumping Off Bridges

There I was in my tube, floating down the river. It was relaxing, but I was starting to get bored. So was my new friend. Wouldn’t you know it, around that time, we floated under a train bridge. “Wouldn’t it be awesome to jump off that bridge into the river below?” Great idea! And my…

Stumbling Upon Star Wars

I wish I could say every cool experience in my life was a result of good planning. But most of the things I experience are a result of fortunate proximity at the right time. My family was on a vacation to England. That was a cool experience in and of itself. But after leaving a…

White Kids and Hip Hop Dances

I was a scrawny white kid. Not much has changed since childhood. But I was never whiter or scrawnier than when I went to my first rap concert. At the age of ten I was intrigued by hip hop culture. I thought the relationship between swagger and the bagginess of my clothes was directly related.…

Presenting Your Knowledge

I was talking to a friend the other day who has the desire to speak publicly. He’s an amazing graphic designer, and people actually ask him to speak from time to time at their conferences. He enjoys it, but he also feels like he’s going to throw up before and after he speaks. He’s terrified.…

The Narrow Gap of Excellence

I’ve had a chance to debrief with some our speakers and sponsors from Echo Conference. I’ve heard consistently how much they love Echo. Besides the fist-bump to the team, I’ve enjoyed hearing their explanation. Why is Echo Conference such a great event? I’ve heard consistently we have great speakers, great worship, great snacks…all the things…

Planning for Sanity

Last week I finished a marathon event, Echo Conference. It consumed my day from waking to sleeping (and even some of sleeping). But one of my other projects was looming in front of me. August 1st was right around the corner, and I had a whole issue of Sunday| Magazine to layout, edit, and launch.…

Finding Your Rhythm

Echo Conference went phenomenally. There are things we’re tweaking for next year. We have a list of ways we can improve. But it truly went well. It was a very different experience, working behind the scenes. I got to experience so very little of the conference. And I had short bits of time where I…

See You on the Other Side

Today starts my busy week. If you work in a church, you might compare this to your Easter or Christmas week/month. I’m about to learn a lot of lessons really fast. I’ll try to keep them catalogued so I can share them here. And I’ll see you on the other side of this week.

Planning Awesome Things

I got an email a few days ago with this question: We are starting the process of “reinventing” creative planning for our programming team. We just get too far behind to make ideas fully come to fruition. Do you have a suggestion to help us with our creative planning process? It’s a great question. Working…