By David Manner

  • Will it encourage passive spectating or active participating?
  • Does it include a healthy balance of familiar and new?
  • Does it include expressions that are both celebrative and contemplative?
  • Are its texts theologically sound and do they affirm scripture as foundational?
  • Is it culturally and generationally appropriate for those who will be present?
  • Does it include not only our words to God but also God’s words to us?
  • Will acceptable physical actions be articulated or implied?
  • Will it give participants an opportunity to connect with each other?
  • Will its musical or technological elements direct our attention away from God?
  • Are its melodies singable and ranges accessible?
  • Will guests be able to participate in it without confusion?
  • Will it speak and teach the Gospel?
  • Will it engage more than just emotions?
  • Are we giving it too much responsibility for the entirety of our worship?
  • Will it encourage participants to be doers of the word and not just hearers only?
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