The most damaging conversations on any team are the ones that never happened. It’s human nature to have “imaginary conversations” – you know, the ones where you say all of the things you didn’t think of before [or didn’t have the courage to say]. However, the kind of “mental chatter” that you allow to go on in your head each day makes much more of a difference in your life than you might think.
Conflict is inevitable – and even desirable , in some cases. You’re going to have differences of opinion with people as each person sees different sides of an issue and brings their unique expertise and skill set to the table. We have meetings and discussions, brainstorm together and start determining and working towards our goals.
Here’s where it goes south – we then have conversations in our mind, and we don’t just imagine what’s said, we imagine the motives behind what is said. Worse yet, we then start treating the other person/people that were in our imaginary conversation as if it ACTUALLY
HAPPENED, and we end up being very angry at those who did absolutely nothing to us in real life.
Don’t read more into situations than what is actually there…
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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