What to Do Following a Preview Service (Part 3)

Continuing my posts on what to do following a church plant’s preview services, I’d like to address the third step, Analyze.  To read the previous two posts on Celebrating & Follow-up, click here or here.

One of the core purposes of preview services is to help a new church establish and refine quality processes for their weekend services. With this being one of the core purposes, the step of analyzing following a preview service is very important.  The goal in analyzing is not to take a negative approach to your services, but rather look at key components of your service and identify ways you can improve.  To do this effectively, you want to include the key leaders of each of your ministry teams. Each of those teams will correlate with the list below of the areas you’ll want to analyze.  Your church plant might have additions or subtractions based on your style and approach:

  • Service Programming: The structure, flow and execution of the service plan.
  • Media: Video, sound, graphics, etc.
  • Worship: The flow of worship, the quality of the overall worship experience, and musical excellence.
  • Hospitality: Welcoming and connecting guests and creating a relational environment.
  • Kid’s Ministry: Nursery, Preschool, and elementary.
  • Set-up/Tear-down: This pertains mostly to portable church settings.
  • Facility, parking & signage:  The flow of the crowd, parking availability, quality signage inside and outside.

In each of the areas listed above, ask yourself these four questions in your analysis process:

  1. What works?
  2. What’s broken?
  3. What’s missing?
  4. What’s confusing?

In my final post, I’ll discuss the final step, correction.

Any areas you would add to the list above?

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