What happened last weekend? Was it good? Great? So-so? What went well? What could have gone better? Who’s voices are you listening to? Every church should have some sort of service review process – something that goes beyond simply criticizing errors [which is a destructive dead end since it offers no positive alternative]. You DO need to address problems – particularly repetitive problems – but you also need to celebrate your victories and give a “good job” to team members when they’ve earned it [particularly behind-the-scenes crew like Production and Video Team members].
Critique, rather than criticize. To do so, you need to get past the “what” of what actually happened, good and bad, and dig into the “why.” Check out what Michael Hyatt has to say about asking powerful questions: “Questions you can answer “yes” or “no” are closed-ended. They don’t generate discussion and they rarely yield any insight. By asking open-ended questions, you get far more interesting insights. For example, instead of asking, “Are you happy with your results?” you might ask, “Why do you think you got the results you did?” The first question can only be answered “yes” or “no.” The second question invites reflection and starts a discussion.”
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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