I recently began a new role at Rancho Community Church as Executive Pastor of Worship Arts & Communication. As usual, I like to jump right in and see what’s working and what’s not when it comes to the weekend worship service. One thing that we’re working through right now is answering the question, “What are we doing?”. What are we aiming at, or what do we define as a “win”? From there, we can move into roles & responsibilities, and then figure out how we’re going to reach our goals. If this all sounds really smart, you can blame Rich Kirkpatrick, who gave me a lot of advice in this area.
So last week we opened up this discussion and put a few ideas on the white board, such as:
- A good balance of elements (timing, transitions, speaking, music, lighting, backgrounds, stage design)
- Less focus on the elements / more focus on Christ
- Good communication from the stage / invitations to engage & participate
- Correct lyrics
- Good transitions
- Least amount of distractions as possible (audio, visual, facilities)
- Church engagement / participation (singing? visual signs of participation?)
- Band playing the correct music / tempo / charts
- Tech / band cohesiveness
- Who actually defines the win? Lead pastor? Me? Feedback cards? Our team?
I’m not sure those bullet points actually answer the question or define the win, but we’re circling closer and closer to the answer. Also, we’re acknowledging that a large part of the “win” is God’s Spirit moving through his church – these are the more practical things – things we can attempt to measure.
So the question is: How have you defined what a “win” looks like at your church worship service?