Episode 342: The Differences Between Preview and Practice Services

In Episode 342 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss the differences between prayer, preview, and practice services. Here is today’s question: 

“What are your thoughts on doing preview services versus practice services? What are the pros and cons? Practice services are one to three services that are not open to the public and are used to iron out details. Preview services are essentially practice services that are open to the public. The team tries their best to do it well, while using the preview services as opportunities to build momentum, gather people, and recruit for the launch team. Which path would you recommend?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Prayer services vs preview services vs practice services 
  • When to invite friends to your church plant 
  • The purpose of practice and preview services 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Do a rehearsal for the staff that includes almost everything except volunteers.” – @toddadkins
  • “Prayer services are like practice services for the launch team. This is your full dress rehearsal.” – @toddadkins
  • “Your practice service should include your launch team and their families. The kids leaders should be there as well.” – @danielsangi
  • “You probably don’t need more than one practice service because your preview services are essentially practice runs. You are just looking for big holes before you get previews.”- @danielsangi
  • “It’s a preview service, but we still want to lead them into worship. We want to help usher people into that.”  – @toddadkins
  • “Preview services are an appropriate time to ask those who know you will not continually attend your church plant to come take a look and offer their feedback. – @toddadkins
  • “Ask other pastors to come to your preview service to give feedback.” – @danielsangi
  • “Check your results on Google and Yelp. If there are issues, you can fix them!” – @toddadkins

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