Worship Leaders – what are you doing to build and maintain your musical gift? Many of us built up our skills during college – we became decent singers because we sang every day, sometimes for hours every day. Musical skills are like anything else – the more you practice, the better you get. However, once we graduated and got that worship leading job, somehow we imagined that playing – and especially singing – on the weekend was more than enough.
Singing is a physical act – your voice [or guitar playing, etc…] needs to be worked every day to stay in shape. It’s like not running at all during the week, and then trying to run a 5k each weekend – you will fry yourself, you won’t sound great and you may possibly cause real lasting damage.
Worship Leaders – put some time aside each day to warm up, practice songs and practice technique or drills. Not five minutes. An hour – or at least a half hour. Don’t say you don’t have time – this is what you do.
Senior Leadership – this is a big part of what you hired them for, so allow time at work for the musical side of things. Remember, they don’t have the same job description as you, so their days will look different.
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...
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