Don’t allow other churches to create your context. Especially local churches. Why do you need 3 or 4 churches in the same area all doing the exact same thing in the exact same way?
It becomes somewhat easier when you realize that it’s not a competition. We are here to complement each other. God has created different people differently – by intention. Each human is a unique work of art in His eyes. Similarly, each church is a unique expression of God’s love, because each church is a collection of unique humans. Every church that hasn’t gone off the rails has things in common. The Great Commandment. The Great Commission. The incredible and universe-changing sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the miracle of His resurrection.
But style, systems/techniques, cultural differences and the like offer options for tremendous variety – in effect, God has created a magnificent frame in which we draw our very limited pictures. Pictures which nonetheless are beautiful to Him.
So figure out how you can best and uniquely serve the people that God assigns you to. Because you were specifically designed to do that very thing…
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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