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.

Your Art is Not About You

Echo Conference is only a week away. Typing that sentence made me want to throw up just now. This year, our team has over 1,000 church creatives converging on Dallas for three days. They’re expecting amazing teaching, a really good time, great laughs, inspiration, and a bunch of stuff I feel completely under-qualified to deliver…

Good News Morning

There’s one thing that most frequently ruins my day. It’s checking my email first thing in the morning. I know I shouldn’t do it. But to me, my inbox is a bucket full of possibilities. I get so excited with each new “ding”…hoping for great new horizons to unfold before me. Unfortunately, when I get…

The Solution to the Critic

I’ve love this quote since Jean Sibelius the first time I read it: “Pay no attention to what critics say. No statue has ever been put up to a critic.” If you’re creating anything for public consumption, you’ll deal with critics. Even if you just have some ideas you’re sharing with folks, you’ll receive “helpful” criticism.…

For When You Fail

Last week, one of our Echo team members sent an email to every attendee. Unfortunately, she added all the email addresses in the “To” field instead of the “BCC” field. Very contra email etiquette. As soon as she hit “send”, she walked into my office with her face drooping to the floor. She felt horrible.…

Red Marks are the Best

I’ve been working on writing a devotional for creatives for quite a while. I finished a couple months ago and sent it off for editing. It finally came back – covered in digital red ink. So many edits. So many notes. So many places where I missed the mark. Fortunately, my editor was wise enough…

Talent Doesn’t Matter in a Team

Talent doesn’t matter in a team. Let me qualify that statement. Talent matters. But I’d much rather work with a friend than a talented jerk. I’d much rather work with someone who wants to collaborate, rather than someone who fights for their ideas until death. I want to work with someone I trust and who…