These are uncertain times. Unsafe times, even. You know what, though? That’s always been true. The simple fact is that at any given time we don’t know how many years, days, hours and minutes we have to do the work given to us in this world.
Our job doesn’t change – we are called and commanded to speak the Good News to a people desperate to receive it [whether they realize it or not]. Even though our message doesn’t change, our strategies and techniques must, as the world around us is in constant flux. To be effective, two things much happen:
1. We must be continual learners;
2. We must be willing to risk.
These are two sides of the same coin – input and output. The input helps build wisdom, insight and even endurance. It’s the output that brings purpose, though. The benefits of the input are not ours to hoard. We will take hits in the days ahead, probably more than many of us have experienced in our lives up to this point. But that’s OK. Remember, pastors and church workers – it’s not about us…
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.” – Gail Sheehy
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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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