How often do you ask evaluative questions?
Of your life, spiritual walk, or ministry.
Or of a worship service you may lead?
I don’t believe it’s enough to simply plan a themed, biblically based, Christ-centered corporate worship service. That’s important, but if we never ask questions, how do we know if we are offering, and leading others to offer, excellent worship?
Unfortunately, it’s not enough to simply ask if the transitions were smooth, the notes were on pitch, the videos started on time, or if people were singing.
Because worship is much more than that, the questions we ask need to be much deeper than that.
I’ve written before about 4 Questions to Help Guide Worship Planning, but what about on the other side?
Dr. Jim Altizer takes us through four areas of examination: Plan, Story, Action, and Result.
Take a look. It’s just over 4 minutes long.
I really appreciate his perspective on a better way to evaluate worship services and challenge to go deeper.
Two statements that really resonated with me were:
1) Do we presume to respond to God before hearing from or about him?
2) Did they leave with a reminder or a mission.
Can you also see that this is about more than just evaluating the musical worship portion of the service. This evaluative approach is appropriate for the entire service team and for all aspects, including teaching segments. Because in reality, it all should be working together anyway.
What about you? How do you go about evaluating the corporate worship gathering? As intentional as we need to be in the planning side, we need to be so on the evaluative side. That can be hard because as soon as one is done, we begin the prep for another. But a few moments of intentional evaluation can help us to grow and make sure we’re continuing to have services that are impactful and transformational.
What stood out to you from the video?
How do you evaluate worship services?