A pastor I used to work with impressed upon me the need to make sure our services were consistent but not boringly so. Too much variety from week to week will disorient and alienate the congregation. But the same exact thing week after week can cause our worship to become lifeless and boring. The key, as in so many things, is balance.
You have to get intentional about every element of your service. It’s not enough to just show up on Sunday morning and pray for God’s spirit to move. That would be the equivalent of me having a sink full of dishes and praying that God would clean it up. No matter how much I pray, at some point I’m going to have to roll up my sleeves, grab some soap, and start scrubbing.
So, where do you start? You start with a plan.
As Travis points out, having a template for your services doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, but it gives you a starting point that works for your church.