Too often, we spend little time evaluating our worship service. We may critique on the basis of attendance, but seldom do we review it with intentionality. This weekend, use these questions to evaluate your church’s worship service:
- Do I want to know God more as a result of attending the service? This question is a fundamental one. It’s possible that a worship service directs our attention to the preacher, the praise team, the building, the church’s activities, etc. – but not truly to God. Genuine worship should lead me to kneel before God in awe and wonder, longing to know Him more while also recognizing His holiness.
- If I know only the lyrics of the songs sung, would I know the gospel? Strong biblical praise can also be a great witness, as long as the lyrics lay out the gospel. Evaluate to see if this weekend’s lyrics talk more about God or about the worshipper.
- How much would I know about Jesus at the end of the service? The story of the early church is centered around Jesus. They talked about Him, preached about Him, and lived for Him. If your service doesn’t direct people to Jesus, something is misdirected.
- Do I know more of the Word of God as a result of attending the service? Sometimes the Word of God is undeniably central to a service. At other times, it’s simply an “evangelical launching pad,” meaning it’s only a perfunctory part of a service because evangelicals know we must at least refer to it. Which description best fits your church?
- Would I know how my life should change after hearing the sermon? This question is the application one. Worship ought to lead to action; that is, the singing and preaching of the Word should clearly show me how to adjust my life to what God wants. If I must on my own figure out the application, I’m less likely to do so.
- Does the church glorify God by expecting excellence in all things? The worship service provides multiple opportunities to display God’s glory through our excellence (e.g., musical performance, sermon preparation, service clarity and direction). The church that settles for second best is saying something about their respect for God.
- Would I likely want to come back to the church because God’s presence is real there? Evaluate your list of guests who have attended in the last six months, and see how many returned for 2nd and 3rd+ times. If no one ever returns, that finding tells you something. I would at least wonder how strongly folks feel like they meet with God when worshiping with your congregation.
What other questions would you add to this list?