Keys to Worship Planning: Take Notes

  “Sunday evaluation is critical. Sunday is game day. It’s the day that needs the most attention. Train yourself, your pastor/worship pastor, and any key staff members to take notes when something stands out both during and immediately following the service.”               – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 166 … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Excellence Through Evaluation

  “The only way your service is going to be better next week is if you evaluate what happened this week. There is no excellence without evaluation.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 165 of Engage: A Guide to Creating Life-Transforming Worship Services. Engage is your step-by-step, stress-free … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Building a System

  “Building your worship planning system is a little like building a house. Your preaching calendar lays the foundation. Your message series time lines and specific Sunday time lines frame up the walls. Your message run-through, creative element integration, and active engagement with your pastor/worship pastor are the Sheetrock. But something has to solidify the structure; something has to ensure … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: CANEI

  “CANEI is an acronym that stands for constant and never ending improvement. If you really want your services to soar, you have to commit to CANEI. You can never be satisfied with what you did last week, even if it was a great week. Always keep moving forward; always be working to reveal God’s excellence in a new, more powerful … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Be Grateful for Feedback

  “Over the years, I have learned to be extremely grateful for feedback. If I’m doing something wrong, I want to know it. The fact is, if one of my staff notices something out of whack in the service, then several people in the congregation probably notice it too. The same is true for you. Rather than repeating the same … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Power of Evaluation

  “No service is finished until the pastor and worship pastor have evaluated it. Evaluating each service is key to keeping this relationship actively engaged. It is also the best way to make sure every weekend is better than the last.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 146 … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Attaining Excellence

  “If our goal is to be excellent every Sunday, we need to find a way to evaluate our services so we can see what needs to be tweaked and continually move toward improvement. Excellence happens through making small improvements week by week – improvements that can be made only as we are open to honest evaluation and feedback about … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Establish a Meeting Culture

  “Schedule your series planning meeting and your weekly worship planning meeting, and then stick to the time slots you’ve given them. Don’t underestimate the importance of these meetings; they are the rudders on your worship planning ship.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The above quote is from p. 146 of Engage: A … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: The Power of Open Communication

  “An open flow of communication between the pastor and the worship pastor is essential to creating a coherent worship planning system. The teaching pastor should be ready, able, and willing to speak into the worship pastor’s area, and vice versa. The worship pastor and his team can help the pastor invent creative moments in the message; the pastor can … Read More


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Keys to Worship Planning: Creating a Culture of Punctuality

  “A culture of punctuality is one of the requirements of an effective worship planning system. When both the pastor and the worship pastor have a list of things they need to do and self-imposed deadlines to keep them on track, things immediately begin operating more smoothly.”                – Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley The … Read More


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