The beginning of another football season reminds us of a practice that could also be beneficial to worship leading teams. Breaking down game film is the discipline of reviewing game videos in order to identify mistakes, make adjustments, consider radical changes and highlight successes. The ultimate goal of this type of analysis is to facilitate individual and team improvements that will positively affect subsequent games.
It is often difficult to recall after the game what did or didn’t work during the game. The fundamental reasons why a team is unable to stop or move the ball is not always evident in the middle of the action. Breaking down the film after a game gives coaches the opportunity to isolate individual players and plays in a more relaxed setting away from the time constraints and pressures of the game.
Why aren’t worship leading teams regularly incorporating similar practices? Implementing a post service process of analyzing worship service videos would definitely require a level of humility, trust and shared accountability. It would also require selfless leadership that understands sacrificing ones own interests for the greater worshiping good of the congregation. And those sacrifices would positively affect subsequent worship services.
Breaking down worship service film is always more comprehensive, meticulous, precise and ecumenical when you enlist others to participate with you in the analysis. Communal observations and the wisdom with which to respond to those observations will always be strengthened through the involvement of a collective group.
Armchair quarterbacking is already occurring in the halls and parking lots after the services. Breaking down worship service film intentionally initiates an analysis process that pre-empts those congregational critics who love to coach from the stands. The primary reason for breaking down worship service film, however, is that it will encourage your worship leading team to consider worship renewal based on prayerful evaluation, not just as a knee-jerk response to worship conflict.