There’s no objective standard of worship that a service can be measured against. Worship is primarily and ultimately about God – and God is not scoring individual worship services. What may look like an appalling service might touch an individual or a community and transform them surprisingly. etc. And vice versa – what may appear a brilliant service may be be just that, an appearance…

OK – that were some of the provisos…

Do you ever (regularly?) reflect on your worship services? Video them? Discuss them as a community? Ask visitors for their reflection? Try imagining what it is like for a new person arriving (from your website, newspaper advertisement, notice-board, parking, welcomers, onwards…)…

The Great Wellington Church Hunt is a 2008/9 journey around a variety of Wellington church services. Services are ranked on overall vibe, liturgy, getting involved, sermon, worship, welcome, coffee, why go here, why go somewhere else.

Do spend some time reading the site. Imagine how your community would be written up…

They list six churches they still intend to visit – but there’s no sign of them continuing. Maybe they found the spiritual home they just couldn’t leave for even another Sunday. Maybe they lost their faith. (Maybe the experience was so disillusioning.)

It’s a bit in the style of the mystery worshipper of the Ship of Fools: “they ask those questions which go to the heart of church life: How long was the sermon? How hard the pew? How cold was the coffee? How warm the welcome?

The only clue they have been there at all is the Mystery Worshipper calling card, dropped discreetly into the collection plate.”

What do you think? Do you review your worship? How? What ideas can you add to these?…

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