Sometimes, you just have to have three drum sets….
Every once in awhile, we have what’s called a “friend” weekend. These services are designed to be friendly to people who have never been in a church environment before – it’s a chance for our folks to invite their unchurched friends, family and neighbors. We don’t water down the message in any way, but we do include elements that generate “buzz” (people saying: “You should come see this!”). It might be as simple as a secular song that ties in with the topic, or a full-blown major production piece (click here for an example from a Mother’s Day service a couple of years ago).
A week or so ago, we did a service on the importance of “play.” Our area is full of hyper-driven, Type A, overachiever types who never take a break. Since it was the first week of an eight week series, we thought we’d combine the friend week idea with the play idea. What came out was a service that included a triple drum solo, thousands of glowsticks and the mascot of the Indianapolis Colts (who goes to our church, although not usually in costume). It also included a great time of worship and some straight-up teaching. You know, it is OK to have fun every once in awhile! : )
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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...
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