The worship pastor is the 2nd most influential person in your church. That may not be true from an org chart or policy making standpoint, but it’s definitely true from a facetime standpoint. In fact – in multisite churches – the worship pastor [or worship leader] is on the platform significantly more than the average campus pastor.
From the point of view of the congregation, that makes him or her a key leader. Senior Pastors/Execs, don’t assume that a new worship pastor [especially a first time church staff member] understands the impact of this – discuss it with them. This goes double if it’s a volunteer. Many worship pastors are very musically talented, but have little to no leadership training, and many lack experience dealing with being in the public eye [ie under the microscope]. Walk alongside of them – cast vision and dig into it together. Otherwise, you may find yourself having to warn or take disciplinary action against a young leader for a problem that you’re responsible for. Invest the time on the front end, build into them, and you’ll be happier for it in the long haul.
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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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