My role at Northview church is Creative Arts Pastor. That’s a pretty generic title, but I asked for it to be changed from my former title, Pastor of Worship and Programming (people thought I took care of the church website). The easiest way to describe what I do is the Producer of the worship services. I lead the worship, production and video staff members, and lead the creative planning process for the services.
This is the hardest job I’ve ever had (I’ve also been a teacher and a corporate buyer in the three careers of my life). It’s also the most rewarding job I’ve ever had. However, the “to do” list each day really does threaten to get to the completely unmanageable level on a daily basis (for example, I’ve had several e-mails come in while typing this post). Here what I have to do to survive – keep databases. As you run across new ideas, enter them in databases organized by theme or idea.
More than that though, keep a master database with key upcoming information in it that key team members can access to know what’s going on. I keep a Yearly Worship Planning database on SmartSheet. All of my staff can access it (although only some can edit it), and it can also be viewed by the other members of our Lead Staff and key staff members from other departments. Here’s what’s in it – hope it gives you some good ideas:
Series Title, Service Title, Topic, Service Dates, Stage Look, “Givens,” Communion/Baptism/Other Elements, Who’s Preaching, Service Host, Video Announcement Host, Worship Leader, Video Story Topic/Individual
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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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