It’s been my experience that churches will spend a great deal of money on buildings, furniture, and, if they are wise, quality soundgear. But what about the lights. Won’t somebody please, please think of the lights???!!
I’ve known church committee people – they (often) think that putting a 60-watt bulb above the alter takes care of things. It’s lit, right? I actually think that lighting is just as important as any other element of the service setup. First of all, and in the most basic sense, lighting shows us where to look. If you’re in a room, your attention is immediately drawn to the most well-lit thing or area. My family was in D.C a few weeks ago, and seeing the various monuments dramatically lit up at night was a stunning example…
Lighting is also key to creating a great vibe. Movers, strobing effects, etc… all add energy. Slowly fading lights give a totally different effect. There is a definite artistry that can give these lights impact (it also helps to have some grasp of the science of how color blending works, as well as the differences between incandescent and LED lighting). But the primary idea is that more lights = more options.
So go buy more lights.
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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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