One of the nice things about Christmas staging? Virtually anything shaped roughly like a tree will be thought of in that way. Over the years, I’ve tested that theory in a lot of different ways. On this particular year, we were looking for something that would be visually striking, so we created modern-looking trees made from foam sheets painted white. We then created small white ornaments in the same design that we used to decorate the trees in the church atrium. The foam trees looked like foam trees from close up, but stood up well when viewed from a distance [ie beyond the front of the platform]. They also looked great when hit with light, esp. solid color light.
Note: The Christmas look in the photo was unique and innovative – and yet one of our least popular. Christmas is a time when even the most future-focused people are drawn back to memories and traditions of days gone by. It’s not always [or even usually] necessary to try to reinvent the wheel… #creativeworshipideas
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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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