I talked yesterday about the need for trust in our creative meetings – or any meeting, really. Let’s face it, though – trust is hard to come by these days. We are fearful that if we trust, we may be hurt. Team members will usually be more than willing to share ideas, critiques, etc…, but the first question that’s likely to be going through their minds is “Is this a safe place?”
To get to a point of safety, every member of the team bears a responsibility to the others, and ultimately it comes down to three things:
Holding ideas loosely;
Debating ideas, not the personalities and characteristics of the people involved, and;
Refraining from imagining motivation behind the ideas of others.
Ultimately, the team leader sets the standard. If he or she models the above ground rules, and no single individual (including the leader) gets their way all the time, trust on the team can be built.
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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