Being on the same page is very important when planning worship services. The attached photo is an example of something we did a number of years ago that didn’t work. We were in the middle of a summer series, and had the platform decked out with beach umbrellas, lawn chairs, and other warm weather theming. However, as you can see from the shot, the backscreen image for that particular worship song was the interior of a cathedral. Long story short? A visual disconnect.
Was it the end of the world? No. But it did make clear that there was a lack of coordination in the planning process that week. If multiple people are involved in service prep, everyone needs to know what everyone else is doing. If you’re doing everything yourself, you need to think through how various elements impact each other. If you use Planning Center or something similar, get the details on there – AND read what everyone else has filled in.
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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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