One of the [tragic] realities of our current day is that many, many of the people in our culture have no understanding of the basics of God’s story – who He is, why He created us, what our relationship with Him should be… There’s no biblical basis to build on, so we need to start at the beginning – explaining things from the ground up.
Rick Muchow said it well using the term seeker-sensitive to refer to those open to God-centered discussions:
“The seeker-sensitive service is simply a user-friendly event based on the language used to connect those people to God in a way they can understand. A seeker-sensitive service can be any kind of worship gathering. It’s not about less power or depth or compromising the Gospel; it’s about who can understand. I think of seeker-sensitive services as having people over to my house for the first time…”
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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