I love worship – I’m a musician by background, but the music part is not what I mean, even though I usually love it. I am also an ordained pastor, but I’m not talking about the educational benefits of songs with excellent theological underpinning. I love the fact that we worship together – simply because God deserves it. He’s God, we are not, and those moments remind us of that reality. Our entire world culture is based on the seeking of self-centered pleasure/comfort, and those moments break us out of that, if we are sincere in our worship.
Worshipping God together also break us out of our subgroups. We’re not just spouting our opinions on social media to people who already think just like us – we’re acknowledging that we DON’T have all the answers, and that God does – oftentimes standing right next to someone that we would never voluntarily socialize with.
A great quote from Maggi Smith: “When we gather for worship, something utterly unique occurs. It’s not just about you and your conditions for fulfillment. It’s about coming together with people who may not be of like mind with you, who are not just like you and with whom you might feel deeply uncomfortable. Where else in life is such a requirement made of us?”
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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