WORSHIP ORDER & The Best Celebration Order to Grow a Church

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 2/4/15.

After almost 30 years consulting, I have noticed that growing churches have a similar and very concise worship order.

This is the worship order (i.e. liturgy) I have observed in growing churches:

10:30 – 10:35, welcome and announcements

10:35 – 10:55, 20 minutes of uninterrupted worship

10:55 – 10:57, pastor comes onto the platform and asks people to pass the offering.

There is no prayer, no special music, no video bumper, just the offering being passed while the sermon begins.

10:57 – 11:17 sermon with two (maximum) take-away points

11:17 – 11:20 closing prayer

11:20 – 11:40 empty and refilling of the auditorium for another service.


> A 50 minute service is the most common length for growing churches.

> The hourly times are approximate.

> 10:30 AM on Sunday appears in my observations to be the time when most unchurched people still have available to attend church.

> These times are replicated regardless of what day and/or time the service starts: 8, 8:30, 9:00 AM, 5, 5:30, 6 PM, etc.

But, you get the idea regarding how fast-paced and concise the worship services are in growing churches that I have observed.