THINGS THAT WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT, PT 4 – BIG PICTURE THINKING
In my early years of ministry, I was very passionate about my area of specialization and expertise [worship ministry, at that time]. I was sold out to the idea that authentic and relevant worship was key to the success [and possibly even the survival] of the church. I’ve learned to give myself some grace for the arrogantly narrow view of things that I had at that time. Don’t get me wrong, worship is essential in the church – it is, in fact, the Great Commandment.
Great leaders are indeed passionate about what they do, about the ministries that they lead. But they also understand where their area fits in as part of the whole. Children’s ministry, youth ministry, evangelism, missions, discipleship, caring for the poor, teaching – all of these are part of who the church needs to be. A good leader fights to make their ministry area the best it can be – while simultaneously supporting the other arms of the church to the best of their ability.
“…and these Christ-followers knew what was expected of them and would do anything and everything, including trading their very lives, to accomplish the mission of Jesus.” – Dave Ferguson
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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