As a musical worship leader of a local church, I am part of a team that evaluates the previous Sunday's worship service. While discussing the musical portion of the service it is easy to get caught up in questions such as:

"Did the congregation like the songs?"
"Did the people respond well?"
"How did the sound men do?"
"Did the band and singers sound good?"

If the discussion ends there, performance will be the main focus of our music ministry. Yes, it is important for us to function well, but we must first consider whether truth is being presented. Here are some questions that help me balance the scale:

"Was the Gospel shared within the musical worship set?"
"Did we attempt to point people to respond musically to Scripture?"
"Did we invite the people to respond to God, or observe men?"
"Did the songs have a good balance of 'affection' and 'truth'?"
"Did the songs speak of essential truths of the Christian faith (the Trinity, the cross, the resurrection, sin, etc.)?"

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