Admit it. Many of you are in the midst of Christmas planning, even though you should be a fair ways into the process by now. I don’t want to empower dysfunction [wink wink], but I do want to help out, so each day this week I’ll post some Christmas looks and or ideas that might spark some creative juices in you and/or your teams.
Let’s start outside of the auditorium… One of the best things that you can do is set up a place in your lobby with beautiful Christmas décor for congregational members to take family Christmas photos. If the display is nice enough, it will become the “family Christmas photo” for that year – posted to all social media, perhaps as a profile picture. This will often cause friends to comment on how nice the picture is and ask where it was taken, setting up an easy, low-pressure opportunity for an invitation to services.
P.S. After the year shown in the photo, we shifted and expanded the décor so that photos could be taken on all four sides at the same time, shortening wait time. Set up at the beginning of December for best results! : )
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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