I have some boundaries:
1. I do not receive my work e-mail on my phone or laptop away from work;
2. I do not give my phone number to the general public (ie. I’m not overwhelmed by texts);
3. I do try to answer e-mails within a day – I do NOT try to answer e-mails within 5 minutes.
4. I do not carry my phone on my person 24 hours a day.
5. My phone is usually off at night.
I have these rules to respect my family and myself. I have not gotten fired. I have not been reprimanded. I have not been pressured to make myself more accessible. When I AM working, I try to make myself very accessible, and that works. Much of our need to be connected 24 hours a day is fear or insecurity talking…at least it was for me…
Here’s a blog post related to the topic (click here)…
And a totally unrelated photo of a great African children’s choir that we had with us a few months ago:
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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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