Many times the services of non-denominational churches (ours included) have a structure that roughly conforms to 1) worship songs – 2) announcements – 3) message. Hopefully, there is some significant variety added to that approach, but, in any case, it’s a good idea to take a look at what that model lacks from time to time.
For instance, modern churches have often completely done away with the idea of confession. If I’m honest, I have to admit that sometimes it can be really helpful to the members of the congregation (and myself) to remind us all that we are still sinners! Only God is perfect. Our sin is wiped out by Jesus’ sacrifice – but that doesn’t mean that we should pretend it doesn’t exist, or excuse our pride, greed, lust, etc… without a second thought! We did a service on confession last year and basically borrowed the statement used by Lutherans to guide our folks through a corporate time of confession. Simple, effective and definitely appropriate!
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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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