Sermon Evaluation

By __________________ Sermon: __________________________

A Excellent, totally meets the goad
B Good, clear and on target
C Okay, acceptable
D Lacking, missed the mark

The heart of God ( What did He mean when He had it written?)

…Content true to the context and meaning ______ Comments__________________________________________________

… Explanation of the text was clear, understandable. ______ Comments__________________________________________________

… Meaning given was good exegesis, not reading into the text ____ Comments__________________________________________________

… Main idea and supporting ideas came from text  ___________  Comments___________________________________________________

…Good amplification from other verses ______   Comments___________________________________________________

 

The heart of the speaker (Did he/she show that the content captured
them?)

…Spoke with healthy passion, as if true and important! ______ Comments___________________________________________________

…Speaker wants it to be true in his own life. ______ Comments____________________________________________________

… Really believes this. _______
Comments ___________________________________________________

The speaker’s Variety of speed of delivery ___
Variety in movement ____
Delivery Variety of volume _____
Enough illustrations ______
Smiled at appropriate times _____
Some humor _______
Kind spirit showed _______
Notes unobtrusive ______
Spoke as one of us, not “You should….” ________

 

The heart of the listeners ( Would they walk out saying, I want that!

And not just That was good! or Yes, that was true!)

…Introduction made you want to listen. ______
Comments __________________________

…Conclusion made you want to do, feel, believe. ___________

…You could tell listeners were really thinking. _____ Comments_____________________________________________________

…There were many calls to apply to our lives, not just at the end. ______ Comments_____________________________________________________

… Talk moved you to want to obey our Lord. ______ Comments_____________________________________________________

… There was adequate response time with prayer and appropriate song.   Comments_____________________________________________________

OTHER ISSUES Appearance of speaker ___ Start on time _________

Greetings before and after service ______ End on time __________

Warmth toward people _______ Length of sermon _________

Use of visual ________ Clear speaking _______

Good grammar and diction _______

Would not have to ask, “Where did you get that?” __________

OTHER THOUGHTS;

Preparing a worship service and sermon with people in mind and heart!

The grand teacher of homiletics, Haddon Robinson, always taught that you should plan your sermon by (make-believe or real) sitting around a table with a 14-year-old, a widow,  a divorced person, married couple, young person, and an older retired person. I think he said five or six people.

The much less famous and less adequate student and sometimes teacher of homiletics, my wife’s husband, always emphasizes that there are three kinds of people sitting in the room and we must be conscious of all three for the whole service!

  1. A strong believer who is there rain or shine and believes everything in the Bible even when he cannot understand it and follows Christ. Your wife would be one of those,  and so would I.  Preach to us.
  2. The person who makes it to church one out of four if possible and  thinks he maybe believes in Christ most times I think perhaps.  How many of these are at your church?  We certainly do not know.  But we must preach to them also (and plan the service with them in mind also).
  3. The person unsure of just about everything who is  checking out the church that day.    We wish there were more them and want to preach and plan so people who are 1 and 2  are eager to invite friends who are 3s.
  4. The person church-shopping who just got disgruntled at another church because he was #1 and the church aimed for #3 or vice-versa.

🙂   I am not including #4 in our planning,  real as it is.

My experience in planning my own sermons and when I helped to plan the worship service, and set the direction for it, is that it is easy to think of only one of those groups.  Maybe two.

My experience in coaching pastors the last nine years is that it is easy and natural to lean toward either group 1 or group 3,  and hard to try to touch all three.  Sometimes that is related to the age or the conversion day of the captain of the ship,  but often it is just habit and sometimes a blind spot.

A good heart study and then staff discussion and then board subject might be to discuss how to connect with and at least  be conscious of the people in groups 1-3   (and perhaps,  for another day, your strategy or suggestions for those in group 4).

What do you think?

 

Sincere Questions About A Worship Service That May Sound Cynical At Times

PRE-SERVICE

  1. Do the staff and the lead volunteers really understand the purpose and the high importance of the worship assembly-service? Do they attend and participate?
  1. Do greeters and ushers know that the attenders and the guests are to be the object of their attention and not each other?

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The Worship Services – Variety

The Worship Services Download

There is room for a lot of variety,

but also for careful wisdom and reverence.

 

  • It is the main billboard for the church.
  • Worship is commanded for everyone and modeled for groups.
  • With the sermon, the service should be the highest priority for the pastor.
  •  The mood and ingredients will determine the favor with people; our hearts will determine the favor with God.
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How To Teach For Life Change

It is a main purpose of Bible teaching –

see II Timothy 3:16.

 

Before the lesson, and in general, personal

 

  1. Embrace the Bible as the revealed word and truth of God.  This brings high respect and trust as you prepare.
  2. Decide that your purpose is to explain the one meaning of the text, what God meant when He had it written.  There may be several applications, but only one meaning.
  3. With the help of the Spirit, be sure your own heart is clean to teach more effectively.
  4. Know the sinfulness of the human heart.  People really need what you are going to teach if it is God’s word.
  5. Pray regularly for help to see and teach the real meaning of the Scriptures, and that God’s Spirit and truth will change lives.

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