Most worship leaders and pastors have a process of evaluating the Sunday morning service. For some it may be as simple as sitting down Monday morning and reflecting on the events of the previous day. For others, they have a group of people they trust who will give loving, honest feedback. These people have a healthy understanding of what the goals are on Sunday morning. They also have a nurturing and encouraging relationship with the worship leader or pastor. There are also those worship leaders who have a set list of questions they go over, from time to time, to make sure their worship planning efforts are focused and balance. As worship pastors, we continually want to make sure that we plan and lead worship from a healthy perspective – one that makes it easy for the church to focus her attention on Christ .
I am fortunate enough to have all three evaluation mechanisms in place. 1) Time on Monday to reflect on Sunday. 2) A team who I trust to give loving and honest feedback. 3) A list of questions to help us evaluate the planning and leading efforts for the hour on Sunday.
My list of questions used for evaluation has two sides; On the left side are questions to evaluate the Plan and on the right side are the questions to evaluate the presentation. In essence; 1) Was it a good plan and 2) Did we successfully carry out the plan? Following is the list of questions we have used to evaluate. We don’t keep the list in front of us like we used to because we have developed the practice of asking ourselves these questions as a part of our evaluation procedure. It took a few years of evaluating for this list to take shape and all the members of my team contributed, but it hasn’t changed much over the last five years.
Evaluating the PLAN
- Were the song lyrics biblical? relevant? appropriate to the sermon topic? encouraging? enriching?
- Was an appropriate variety of songs utilized? variety in instrumentation? variety of tempos? balance of new and old?
- Did we rejoice AND adore AND reflect AND commit AND pray?
- Did we reinforce the essential truths about Jesus AND the cross AND the trinity AND eternity AND our sin?
- Was the music portion too long? too short?
- Did the music portion lead to meaningful congregational participation
- Did the overall service have a logical flow? Did the order in which we progressed make sense?
- If we used drama, was the message of the drama piece relevant?
- Did the sketch set up the theme? Was it applicable?
- Could seekers with the theme and characters?
- Was the content of the sketch appropriate with the theme and audience? Too juvenile or mature? Too abstract or simplistic?
- What was the purpose of the video? Prepare worship? Present the theme? Highlight upcoming event?
- Were appropriate backgrounds used for songs and theme? Was background motion too busy? Did theme art help the listener understand what the sermon was about?
- Was video relevant for the way it was applied?
As stated, all these questions help us evaluate the PLANNING aspect of worship leadership. I have a separate list of unique questions specifically geared to help us evaluate the PRESENTATION aspect of worship leadership. I’ll share that list next week.
As a worship leader, do you have a process for evaluating the hour on Sunday? Worshipers, do you evaluate your personal worship offering or do you expect that since worship was lead well, then you must have worshiped well? Do you have any questions you would add to evaluate your worship service PLAN? Please leave a comment.