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Better Sundays Begin on Monday: 52 Exercises for Evaluating Weekly Worship

Better Sundays Begin on Monday: 52 Exercises for Evaluating Weekly Worship

by David W. Manner
Better Sundays Begin on Monday: 52 Exercises for Evaluating Weekly Worship

Better Sundays Begin on Monday: 52 Exercises for Evaluating Weekly Worship

by David W. Manner


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781791004736
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. David W. Manner is Associate Executive Director for Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Church Music and Worship and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for twenty years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He leads worship and leadership conferences for numerous conventions, churches and educational institutions. He writes for various online and print publications and can be followed on his Worship Evaluation Blog.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction x

How to Use This Book xiii

1 Creating Worship Tourists 1

2 Farm Team 4

3 Childish Worship-Leading 7

4 Tall Poppy 10

5 Sense of a Goose 12

6 Tree of 40 Fruit 15

7 Dear Non-Singing Pastor 18

8 Bandwagon Effect 20

9 Mindless Worshippers 22

10 Falling Up 24

11 Worship-Leading Pharisees 28

12 Please, Sir, I Want Some More 32

13 Remember 35

14 Cause and Effect 38

15 Intergenerational Killer 40

16 Loss Leader Easter 43

17 Songs That Preach 45

18 Modern Parable (Matthew 25:14-30) 48

19 Gotta Serve Somebody 51

20 First Corinthians 13 for Worship Leaders 53

21 Hooked on a Feeling 56

22 Buyer's Remorse 59

23 Conversational Narcissists 62

24 Starting a Fire from Scratch 64

25 Is Hallmark Planning Your Services? 66

26 Measure Twice, Cut Once 68

27 Sing Me into Heaven 70

28 Scriptureless 72

29 Death Zone 74

30 Getting Rid of Volunteers 77

31 Jump in the Deep End 81

32 Building a Wall 84

33 Not Our Kind of People 87

34 False Dichotomy 90

35 Secret Worshipper 93

36 Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It 95

37 Wasting Time 98

38 Cheap Worship 100

39 We're Talking about Practice 102

40 Worship Karaoke 105

41 Stop Singing 107

42 Awful Worship 109

43 Not the Bride 112

44 Crossing the Rubicon 114

45 Missing the In-Between 116

46 Letter to the Younger Me 119

47 Send in a Canary 121

48 Stick the Landing 123

49 More Than a Memorial 126

50 Give Me a Break! 129

51 It's Not an Experience 132

52 Playing Hurt 134

Conclusion 137

Appendix 1 Worship Evaluation Questionnaire 139

Appendix 2 Lord's Supper/Communion/Eucharist Questionnaire 146

Appendix 3 Secret Worshipper Questionnaire 149

Appendix 4 Worship Leader/Worship Team Relational Contract 153

Appendix 5 Internal Evaluation Framework 156

Appendix 6 Congregational Suggestions for the Language of Lament 158

Bibliography 161

Notes 166

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