“People will forget your words, but they won’t forget your attitude.” – A sign I saw somewhere
I read something years ago that has stuck with me ever since. Basically, it said that, as humans, we tend to read all sorts of implied motivations into other people’s behaviors, while expecting them to take everything that we say absolutely at face value – sad thing is, that doesn’t work. HOW we interact with our volunteers is in reality more important that the WHAT of what we are doing with them in almost every circumstance.
So how do we deal with this practically? Realistically, a great first step is by remaining calm. We have, by the very nature of what we do, a series of mini-crises that occur virtually every weekend. We need to fix things, adjust things, add things, cut things, tweak things, etc… It gets messed up, though, when we let these mini (or even major) crises change the way that we deal with people. It is never OK to throw a fit on (or in front of) people just because we’re stressed. I have done it, and have regretted it every time – I have seriously damaged relationships by going on little tirades, and it just can’t happen. We’re grown ups, and our people are looking to us to be the calm in the storm – not to make things more stormy. More to come…
Actually, this is one of our staff guys, but we do have volunteer soundpeople (and it was a cool picture), so I used it anyway! : )
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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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