OK, you’ve had a few days to decompress from the weekend. How’d the services go? Pull out an old-fashioned pen and paper and do a personal debrief. Just you, not the team. Big picture this time, not obsessed with details like “Dave’s guitar was out of tune” or “CG’s were late” or “Announcements went long “ or “That lady in the third row spilled her entire coffee on the carpet!”
A year from now, you [hopefully] won’t remember any of those things. Repetitive issues need to be addressed, of course, and excellence should be our benchmark. Instead, this time, ask yourself these questions:
Did the service –
Stir your soul? [spirit]
Touch your heart? [emotions]
Impact your mind? [intellect]
Move you to action?
Did you worship God, or just sings songs? Did you give a message, or just a talk? Did you actually point people towards Jesus Christ, or did you just “do your job?” We are all human – broken, failed humans – and I know the feeling of being on auto-pilot as well as anyone else. But when I snap out of it and let the “why” outweigh the “what,” God often makes beautiful things happen…
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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