I talked recently about what it means to be a boss…
There is a different type of boss that occurs in increasing amounts these days: a project leader, which is – in effect – a temporary boss. This is someone who is in charge within a certain context. As an example, a service producer in a large church might be the “head” [ie decision-maker] for the weekend services, even though positionally he or she is a peer of the worship leader and production director, or perhaps even a volunteer.
For this to work, two things have to happen:
1. Whoever has set up this structure needs to bring EXTREME CLARITY as to the authority of the project leader, and the parameters in which he or she will operate;
2. Everyone has to take their egos down a couple of notches and release control.
In addition to getting things done, allowing individuals to step into project leader roles has the benefit of letting them “test their wings” – they can have a sense of what it takes to lead in an area with less stress. It also allows team members with a specific skill set to utilize those talents without having to have everything required for a more permanent or extensive role.
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ― John Maxwell
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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