Who is in charge of the weekend service? You would be amazed how many churches can’t answer that question…Imagine if you would a weekend scenario… There is a problem – let’s say, for example, a side-screen projector blows a bulb. The part-time Production Director immediately sees that the screen has gone dark, but isn’t 100% sure why. The Executive Pastor, who is sitting nearby, sprints to the tech booth, expecting an immediate explanation. The Production Director tries to figure out what’s happening, while simultaneously talking to the EP.Meanwhile, the executive pastor is joined in the booth by one of the elders, who wants to know why there is a problem with the projectors, since they were just purchased two years ago and were VERY expensive. The Production Director in our story reports to the Worship Pastor – word has reached him, and he joins the crowd in the booth, asking to be brought up to speed. The Senior Pastor simultaneously notices the projector being out and loses his train of thought, making an awkward joke about technical difficulties as a room full of heads [or so it seems] turn to look at the tech booth…The scenario above isn’t as far-fetched as you might think, and is the result of a number of issues. First off, it’s clear that what happens in an emergency hasn’t been discussed. It’s also clear that chain of command hasn’t been clarified – in the story above, ANYONE higher up on the org chart can give immediate direction. This does not work in real life.Ultimately, the Senior Pastor is the boss. However, there needs to be a “buck stops here” person for the service [ideally a “Service Producer”], since both the Senior Pastor and Worship Pastor in our story might be on the platform when something goes awry… KEY LEARNING: It doesn’t work for every position in a higher bracket on the org chart to simultaneously give direction in an emergency situation.
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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 View all posts by creativeworshipideas