My friend Dave Verhaagen has created a very cool new concept called Judge It Live. Basically, it’s the world’s largest television focus group: you go to the JIL web site and use a simple interface to give real-time feedback on live television shows. A chart shows how your ratings compare with everyone else watching the same show. Television execs can use the audience feedback to evaluate what works and what doesn’t in their lineup. It’s a very cool idea and I’d encourage you to give it a try.
In fact, it’s such a great idea, I’m thinking maybe we should start incorporating Judge It Live into our church services, specifically during sermons. Just think how nice it would be if all of us in the congregation could give live but anonymous feedback! If you liked the opening illustration, give it a high rating. If you thought the second point in the sermon was boring, click “50” for an average rating. If you thought the preacher’s exegesis of Romans 8:28 was completely off, enter “0.” Meanwhile, you can see how your ratings compare with everyone else in the audience. Preachers could see what worked and what didn’t. And church leaders would have solid data to back their assertions that the preacher is either great or a total dud.
Just think of the possibilities! Who’s with me on this?!?