It takes a team to make services happen – sometimes a BIG team – and, at most churches, those teams are volunteers. The ask that we as leaders make on them can sometimes be huge – worship team commitment for an “on” week at a large church broadcast can easily equal 20 hours or more [more than double that at Christmas]! That’s a big ask, so we need to go the extra mile to say “Thanks!” every once in awhile. One of the most effective ways of letting people know that you appreciate them is with a good, old-fashioned, handwritten letter. They are rare these days, because they are not efficient – they take extra time and effort. And that’s what makes them memorable.
Our Exec. Pastor asked the staff team leaders to write three handwritten cards or letters per week. Let’s be honest, that’s totally doable – remember, leading and caring for our teams isn’t a distraction from our job – it IS our job. Go the extra mile – good things come to those who do.
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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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