“The Spark,” by Lyn Heward and John U Bacon, is a quick, easy read focused on an organization that should be no stranger to we creative types (us creative types?) – Cirque du Soliel. The mighty Cirque is profiled through the semi-autobiographical story of an average (?) man who is offered the chance to go through the rigorous training that all Cirque performers experience.
The heart of the message here is that creativity isn’t just a gift that God has bestowed upon a few, leaving the rest of us to more mundane pursuits (note that this book is secular in nature, and does not come from a faith perspective). It’s really the work ethic that makes things – even highly creative things – happen: the willingness to just get up and try again and again. The book might be summed up best by it’s quote of cartoonist Al Hirschfield on pg. 112: “Everybody is creative, and everybody is talented. I just don’t think that everybody is disciplined.”
The big picture: An engaging story, an inspiring and personal challenge. 4 out of 5 stars.
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
You can head over to my Instagram site for an abundance of shorter posts: creativeworshipideas. If you're looking for consulting - especially on weekend services, team leadership or multi-site strategies - I'd love to help. Just message me here, and I'll be in touch - Greg
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