Today, a quick discussion about meetings. The very word often causes people to cringe – and rightfully so, because many of us have taken part in meetings where nothing of any real value got done. Part of the reason for a lack of forward movement in our meetings may be trying to do everything at once.
For weekend service planning, I would suggest a two-meeting structure on the front end (ideally as far out from the service date as possible): 1) A creative meetings, and 2) An implementation meeting.
The creative meeting is all about one thing – possibilities. This is “blue sky” brainstorming, coming up with possibilities and asking the big questions, including the most important: What do we want to be different in the actions or thought processes of the congregation after the service (beyond the ESSENTIAL focus of having worshipped God)?
The implementation meeting deals with the practical issues of making the service happen. Here, the questions are who, what, when, where, how and why. Who’s the point person? Are there special elements? Where is the video being shot? How is the set being paid for? Who is the service host? When is “clean up?” and on and on…
The final question? When is the third meeting – “evaluation?”
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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