In the intensity of our work, in the passion of our work, we have to also play together. In playing together we learn more about one another, we discover one another’s passions and gifts, and we re-create our souls through the play we do together. We find connections to each other better through laughter than possibly anything else. Playing shapes how communities can respond to one another when something difficult happens, when there are issues to be dealt with, or when you get stuck working on a particular thing. Playing unlocks the creative spirit, it crosses over cultural boundaries, and opens before you the possibilities that seemed light years away only an hour before.
So no matter what program, event, or class you are doing – you need to incorporate play somehow. Invite people to play with scripture and create modern day stories. Invite them to play with prayer and create new ways of praying. Invite them to play together on the playground, in the city, or in the church basement and then see what creative juices are brought back into the room. Invite people to play, because that often is where the Holy Spirit can be found and that can change the course of everything.