THINGS THAT WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT, PT 5 – FIRST THINGS FIRST
“When we seek God, we will be found.”
If you are a church staffer or volunteer, stop for a moment. Right now. Pause and refocus on the One we serve. Remember why we do what we do. Acknowledge God in all of His majesty – Creator of all that is, seen and unseen. Confess the sin in your heart. Thank Him for His overwhelming holiness, compassion, goodness and mercy.
These moments need to be a part of who we are. They are not a pause in what we do – they are the heart of what we do. Everything else supports this. God is the center – He will allow nothing else to replace Him, not your job, not the church. I have let the busyness of life pull me away from this center more times than I can count. I am ashamed that this is true, but I ask for His help, again and again, to try anew…
No technique, no strategy, no position, no resources – nothing replaces our reliance on God.
“I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.” – Martin Luther’s morning prayer
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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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