As a preacher, you don’t have to wonder what your congregation thinks of your sermon; by Sunday afternoon your email box is full of messages from those who found it uplifting and those who completely disagree with what you had to say. These opinions, however—both positive and negative—are not a true and thoughtful examination of your message. In Better Sundays Begin on Monday, David W. Manner shows how implementing a collaborative process of analyzing worship services or planning for upcoming services can lead to more inspiring worship. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions without being defensive, so that you can begin to think beyond style to biblical and theological worship content. It’s not easy. It requires a willingness to sacrifice your own ideas and interests, but it will lead to a better worshiping experience for your congregation.
Reviewing game film is a discipline that sports teams often incorporate after each game. Teams watch game videos to identify mistakes, make adjustments, consider radical changes, and highlight successes. The goal of this analysis is to facilitate individual and team improvements that will positively affect subsequent games. The fundamental reason why a team needs adjustments is not always evident in the middle of the game. But evaluating important elements after a game gives coaches and players the opportunity to review individual plays and players in a more relaxed setting away from the time constraints and pressures of the game.
So why aren’t pastors and worship teams incorporating similar evaluative practices? Implementing a collaborative process of analyzing worship services or planning for upcoming services requires a deep level of humility, trust, and shared accountability. It also requires selfless leaders who are willing to sacrifice their own ideas and interests for the greater worshiping good of the congregation. Better Sundays Begin on Mondays offers foundational worship considerations to help leadership teams ask questions evaluatively rather than defensively. These weekly reflections encourage worship leaders and their teams to think beyond style to biblical and theological worship content.