John is the managing editor and head writer for The Park Forum and does writing, consulting, and project management with Ministry Accelerator.
John co-led the writing department for Elevate curriculum and was Head Writer for Small Group and online elements. John has also written large group and small group for 252 Kids, created curriculum for Incredible Islands, and Standard Publishing.
John has a wide range of experience in ministry, education, and communication. He has a deep knowledge of designing curriculum and learning experiences for children and adults. He also has many years of experience writing both for artistic and creative purposes and writing for instructional and technical materials.
John also maintains an artistic career, as a playwright, theatre director, actor, and voice actor.
The Beautiful Feet of Lepers Scripture: 2 Kings 7.9 Then they said to each other, "What we're doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.
Idolatry of Identity Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3.21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! Reflection: Idolatry of Identity By John Tillman In the Old Testament people reverenced household gods for prosperity, wealth, and identity. Today we reverence household brands. It's unclear which group is more deceived.
God's Regret and Samuel's Anger Scripture: Romans 13.1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. Scripture: 1 Samuel 15.11 "I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions."
Where Judgment Falls Scripture: 1 Samuel 2.12 Eli's sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the Lord. I have suffered grievously in my life from stupid, tired, dimmed, and even bad priests. - JRR Tolkien Reflection: Where Judgment Falls By John Tillman Eli's sons were corrupt in the extreme.
If you bring up gamification in a #kidmin Facebook group, you will quickly realize it's a hot topic. Many kidmin people have a love-hate relationship with gamification. Even by those who love it, gamification is often thought of as a sign of our declining culture.
"When you are the director of a play or musical you are the pastor of a church that worships according to the dictates of a holy scripture called The Script." The idea above was the first thought that began this essay and it came as the direct result of working under a director who was, by this definition, a blasphemous heretic.
Children's Church Curricula
Small Group activities for Elevate curriculum (K-5th grade)
I wrote the small groups and helped design the curriculum for Incredible Islands. Incredible Islands is a children’s ministry curriculum for growing godly kids in church, at home, and online.
Small Groups for 2nd-3rd grade students for June 2016
Vacation Bible School
Sample of Bible story monologues written for Deep Sea Discovery VBS for 2016
Session 1 Skit for Deep Sea Discovery VBS from Standard Publishing
Scripts for Animated Short Film
Voice Over Demo Reel