Last week I posted the standard questions we ask when we evaluate the worship PLAN from the previous Sunday service. As promised I am putting up our questions we use to evaluate the PRESENTATION layer of Sunday morning worship leading. The reason we distinguish our questions between PLAN and PRESENTATION is because the work is done by different individuals or teams. Therefore, the solutions to problems that arise will be handled by different teams.
The regular evaluation is done by the pastors and the creative planning team (the ones who create the PLAN.) The PRESENTATION is done by the worship team (worship leader, choir, band, vocal team, drama team, sound team, video team.) They are the ones you follow and execute the plan. I know it can sound kind of sterile to use these terms, but Christ is our center as we plan and we always seek to follow the Holy Spirit throughout the process. He works in Monday planning team just like he works in Sunday worship team.
When we evaluate the PLAN we want to know if it was a good plan? Did put the pieces in place that allow and encourage biblical Spirit-and-Truth worship to be offered. When we evaluate the PRESENTATION we want to make sure that we did everything we could do (or not do) on Sunday morning to engage the worshiper and invite them to join us in worship before the throne of God. Here is our non-exhaustive list of questions;
Evaluating the PRESENTATION
- Was the music presented at a high level of quality? Introductions? Transitions? Song Endings?
- Were the transitions in and out of the singing portion appropriate? Clear? Well executed?
- Did the musicians work well together? Did the band gel? Did the singers blend?
- Was the volume of the music appropriate? Individual instruments and voices? Too loud/too soft? Overall?
- Were the songs achievable and enjoyable to sing? Complicated melody? Key too high/too low? Too fast/too slow?
- Was the drama presented with a high level of quality? Actors well prepared? Enough time given to prepare? Where actors believable? Was the scene believable?
- Was there smooth transition between drama and the elements surrounding it?
- How was the transition into and out of the video?
- Was it introduced (if needed) or set up properly?
- Was the volume set well from the start? Was a special sound check performed for the video before the service?
- Were the lights adjusted to an appropriate level during the video? Was the sound person prepared/informed?
For follow worship leaders reading this, I hope this will help you the way it helps our team. Feel free to use any of these evaluation questions for your teams. If you don’t lead worship, but are a worshiper yourself, I hope this list helps you feel that worship is such a high priority for you church that we spend a lot of time making sure that we do our very best to steward the hour on Sunday. Speaking for myself and many other worship pastors out there, we have a passion to see that the body of Christ worships the person of Christ for His benefit and for the encouragement of one another.
Do you have additional evaluation questions that aren’t covered in our non-exhaustive list? Feel free to bring them into the conversation in the comment section below.