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.
- Some parts of the service are prescribed or exemplified:
– Praise-worship music – Prayers
– Preaching of the Word – Scripture reading
- Other segments can have a part:
– Drama – Greetings
– Testimony – Promotions
- What happens before and after the service is important.
– The average – The goal
- Welcoming and connecting with guests must be carefully planned.
- Cards, recognition, receptions, gifts, calls
- Support ministries for services can be excellent in all size churches.
– Ushers – Greeters
– Tech for sound, lights – Nursery
- Technology has made possible the multiplication of church services calling for a clear philosophy.
– venues in the same building
– sites elsewhere
- Timing of worship relates to goals and culture.
- Schedule and number of services calls for wisdom.
– The 80% rule – The advantage of more
– “Changes and surprises” – Simultaneous (flip-flop) vs. “sandwich”
– Saturday hours, Sunday p.m., other
- The “target” person may be general or specific.
– Christian – Interested – Pagan
– Age or taste target
- The gospel must be declared. The cross must be central.
- Everyone can at least keep in mind the needs and concerns and prejudices of the unchurched.
- The goals and results of the worship service should be embraced.
– Edification – Exaltation
– Evangelism – Conversions
– School spirit