I have spent much of my life working in the ideation, creation and implementation of live worship services. In big churches, the level of complexity is very similar to that of a live television broadcast, and it take a whole team of people working together seamlessly to make it happen. For that sort of team to function consistently, there needs to be leadership – leadership with understanding of the unique demands of live services and simultaneously the wiring of the individuals who make up the team.
Ultimately, leadership is going after the win/win. No one will follow a leaders long-term who are in it for themselves. Consistently casting the vision, looping in team members, helping them to understand how their direct contribution matters [and expressing appreciation for it] are all key elements. Showing mutual respect is the core of any long-term relationship – including that of leaders and team members.
“If you want your team to love, you love them. If you want them to serve, you serve them. If you want them to care, you care about them. If you want them to give their best, you give them your best.” – Jon Gordon
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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