In any sort of ministry, there are going to be tough conversations. It’s interesting – many people who step into ministry for the first time are shocked by the level of conflict in the church. They expect church to be a place where everything is harmonious, full of prayer and togetherness. That’s kind of like expecting that everyone in a hospital is going to be healthy because that’s where the medicine is…Truth is, church is the place where broken people go to be made whole [or as whole as we can be in this life]. They’re not whole yet, so broken interactions, attitudes and behavior abound. As church staff, we need to address those things. It might be dealing with diva behavior, or modesty in style of dress, on online postings/interactions. Those conversations need to happen. Some leaders have these kind of conversations too often. Many times, though, we don’t. In the name of compassion, unity, etc…, we avoid confrontation. We rationalize to ourselves that that we’re not having the hard conversations because we’re too nice – the reality is that we are not having them because we are too cowardly. We don’t want someone to be mad at us – i.e. we don’t want to suffer the potential consequences of relational tension. You know what, though? That’s our job. Each of us needs to approach things with compassion and kindness, but we also need to have the courage to straightforwardly address issues – that may be the only way to help people to break through the stuff that they are ensnared in.
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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 View all posts by creativeworshipideas