Make sure that you are listening to your team. That means giving them a chance to talk in the first place, and then listening – without interrupting – when they do. Pastors of all types are notorious talkers. We like to be heard. We are also notorious “fixers.” We look at situations, identify problems, and then immediately go into “fix” mode. This is sometimes necessary.
However, we’re so used to it that we tend to stay in that mode, even when there is no immediate emergency, or when we are not leading a rehearsal or team training. So – in the green room, in casual conversation – let your team talk, and you work on your listening skills [note: this is primarily something I’m writing to myself…]
Hmmm - well, let's see...
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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