The Value in Evaluating the Weekend
What we don’t talk about we allow to happen.
With that in mind we’ve found that if we do not immediately evaluate our worship services we’re doomed to repeat whatever mistakes we may have made. If we wait too long to discuss personnel, song flow, etc. our experiences will become rounded off, devoid of the emotion of the moment.
I expect each of our campus worship pastors to write a brief immediately after their final weekend service detailing what went right and what went wrong. I want an unfiltered critique of their performance and of their team before they have a chance to sleep on it.
When our global and campus worship staffs gather on Monday we do a full postmortem of each campus’s worship services. In this meeting we learn from each others experiences and encourage each other to excellence. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself and your team:
(Note: Be honest when you look back on your weekend. Critique is essential to growth.)
Did you lead people into a “face-to-face” encounter with God? Our ultimate job is to give people an opportunity to connect with Jesus through worship. If we don’t get this one right, it’s possible everything else was just noise.
Were your teams prepared? Did they come musically, emotionally and spiritually prepared? If not how did you handle their lack of preparation? Did you pitch the vision and heart of the weekend effectively, or did you just expect your team to play the right notes? How will you pastor them this week?
How thorough was your rehearsal? Did you walk away from rehearsal confident that you were prepared for services? Did you leave anything to chance? Did you budget your time properly?
How was your relationship with the production team? Did you communicate with them throughout the week? Were you on the same page all weekend? Were there any conflicts?
Were there flaws in your service plan? Did you think through every part of your service - song keys, transitions, speaking moments, vamps?
What was the attitude of your volunteers (we call them GoTeam members)? Did they feel appreciated? Were they each in the right seat? Were they the right team members for that weekend?
Did you serve the vision of our church? Was excellence evident in every detail of your set? Did your team represent our church well? Did you meet the expectations of our global leadership and our local campus pastors?
This is not an extensive list of evaluation questions, but it’s where we start each week to keep us focused and moving forward. I’d love to hear from you if you’re doing a weekend postmortem and how you handle it, or if you’d like to start doing one.