Over the years I have benefited from the occasional helpful criticism of my preaching. And, may I add, my preaching was not helped at all by the sniping from another segment of the audience.
Mystery-shoppers are people who, with the pastor’s full acceptance, visit your church as first-timers and later file complete reports on a hundred aspects: Their impression on arriving at your campus, whether the signage was adequate, if someone greeted them in the parking lot, whether they spotted trash or clutter on sidewalks, the friendliness of your people, condition of the bathrooms, and of course the service itself: the choice of music, the flow of the service, the arrangement of the platform, and the sermon.
Ah, the sermon.
It’s a rare pastor who wants you to unload on him about his preaching.