I am a big fan of creating memorable environments. Every once in a while, I think there is great value in putting thought and effort into a look that is unique and out-of-the-ordinary. It has the potential to shake people out of the dozy state that many of us wander around in and cause them to engage – or better yet, pull out their phone, take a photo and post it to social media, inviting their friends to church.
We once did a series about biblical parables and The Psalms that we called “Songwriters and Storytellers.” We were looking for a more intimate feel for the services, so we pulled out a grand piano and opted for something different than our normal LED lighting. All of the lamps in the photo [there were actually more spread around the stage] were purchased at Goodwill. It was a striking – and very inexpensive – look for that series, engaging and effective.
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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