A quick shoutout today to some unsung heroes… We have seen thanks expressed to healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers in the midst of Covid. And VERY rightfully so – these people have put their lives on the line to provide care and support for others. In addition to these, I’d like to acknowledge a group of church staff and volunteers who may not be life savers in a literal sense, but who have stepped up, reorganized their lives in a big way and put in extra hours [and beyond] to keep church happening – I’m talking the Production/Tech Teams [woo hoo]!
The church had to quickly move into online mode without a whole lot of advance warning. Then many moved back to live. And then maybe back online again. And live again… All with the expectation that it’ll be top-notch every time. Looking across the country, I am very impressed and inspired by how many churches there are who actually have made those changes with amazing rapidity and pretty doggone decent [and ever increasing] quality. In basements, extra bedrooms, and even living rooms across the country, Bat-Cave style collections of monitors and other various gear have been hastily erected and have made possible the services we see each weekend. Well done, techies – it wouldn’t have happened without you!!!
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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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