A few years ago, one of the leaders of GE stated that the “key boundaries” of management are commitment, passion, trust and teamwork. He was correct, IMO – it is true in the secular world, and actually much more so in the church world. Commitment in serving God must be a given, for obvious reasons. The other three I have seen function on church staffs with various degrees of success – and in my own life and work, as well.
Passion is what gets people excited about ideas. It’s what makes them want to follow. Seeing that someone is truly inspired and willing to give their all to reaching people for God stands out in the midst of a half-hearted world. It’s the fuel that feeds ministry.
Trust is essential between senior leaders and church staffs, and between team leaders and their volunteer team members, as well. The team leader needs to be able to trust that the team members will follow through on their commitments. The team members in return need to be able to trust the team leader to lead well, to tell them the truth and not to simply “use” them.
Teamwork is where the rubber meets the road. Very few things that affect large groups of people happen through the strength of a single individual. For a team to function effectively, there needs to be clarity: what’s the “win,” and what’s the collective pathway to get there?
Together, these characteristics are powerful tools in helping churches to fulfill their missions.
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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