This past weekend someone shared a test with me they use to evaluate a church service on a weekly basis. They called it the “so what” test. Simply put, after a service, when they’re in their car on the way home they ask themselves “so what did I learn today that will cause me to live or think differently this week?”
I have two primary thoughts on this: A) I wish more people did this. B) I wish more churches/pastors evaluated their services in these terms. Jesus was practical yet deep. He knew how to communicate hard issues in relatable, life applicational terms. In doing so, the hope was that those who heard His message would change as a result of it. Listen, Learn, Change.
As a pastor, I should care if my weekly sermons & teachings can pass the “so what” test. If they can’t, I have a major problem because I would be failing to communicate the gospel in relevant, life applicational terms. If that’s not happening, life change isn’t likely to happen either & that’s the whole reason we’re doing what we’re doing anyway.
Many people believe in God but most fail to understand why He matters in their life. If we can become more intentional about passing the “so what” test in our churches, not as many people would be wondering why God matters to them.
If your a pastor, teacher or leader what do you think of this? Is it important for you to pass the “so what” test?