Sometimes it’s great to take things on the road… You know, worship does not equal three songs, announcements and a message. That’s a structure [which actually does work well much of the time], but there is nothing inherently holy about that model. Many of the most incredible moments of worship that happen in our world have nothing to do with our church buildings at all.
Unique worship alternatives that I don’t see out there too often – but which are often VERY powerful – are walkthrough prayer experiences. The concept is that you remake a space and send people on a journey through various environments. Sometimes they are driven by signage, sometimes by booklets, sometimes by headsets, etc… If designed well, the experience can be immensely impactful – people are drawn into a “story,” and stories are how we communicate best. The reason they don’t happen very often is that they take a TON of hard work and intensive planning to come into being – but few things of real value in life happen without real effort. If you need to break your congregation out of a worship rut, you may want to give it a try.
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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