To be able to grow as individuals, we need to pause every so often and take inventory – ask ourselves “How am I doing?” That’s perhaps even more important as a team. I would strongly suggest that every weekend services team build some sort of regular [ie weekly] evaluation into your systems. Take an open and sincere look at the weekend after the fact and ask: “Did these services accomplish what we had hoped?”
These evaluation sessions have to be free from fear – i.e. focused on improvement, not on placing blame. However, they also have to be honest, which mean no rebuttals. It stings when I get critique, and if there’s anything that we are in this day and age, it’s pain adverse – it’s human nature to want to avoid that sting. However, failing and trying again is how we grow and get better, and the first step of that process is actually admitting that you failed.
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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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