Your church creates an environment every week. It may be the same environment, or you may switch things up. I would suggest that varying the look and feel [and even the running order] of your services can be a very good thing. In an age where things seem out of control all around us, it can be comforting to seek things that never change. However, the purpose of church is not comfort. It’s worship, challenge, service, growth, etc… It should be a dynamic atmosphere – not a static one.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying change the message. God’s truth is eternal – we see the sad results of those so in love with change [and themselves] that they rewrite the Bible in their own image. I’m talking about telling the old, old story in fresh ways. Using some of the creativity within us to catch and hold people’s attention in a media-saturated world. Part of that creativity can be cut loose to create environments. These are visual representations that support the theme of whatever is being discussed. The look may be literal, it may be metaphorical. Churches regularly do that at Christmas, when seasonal décor goes up. Even the most traditional churches will change the color of their vestments and altar linens in accordance with the church calendar. Contemporary churches have a wider palate to draw from, limited only by time, expense and creativity. While we are not shooting for entertainment, we are definitely shooting for engagement. To get there, try adding visual elements to the aural elements [spoken word/music] that you already have.
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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