At my current church we have two Sunday morning services. The 9:00 am
service is mostly traditional, organ, piano, 9 member choir, the 11:00
am service is contemporary with a full band/12 member team. The issue
of music style has been contentious from the beginning. Originally the
contemporary service was at 9:00 am but it far outgrew the 11:00 am
traditional service and the two were eventually switched.
The problem that we are having now is that the 9:00 am service has
dwindled so much it is hard to maintain the music for it. It is like
the energy is slowly ebbing from this service, although the numbers
have sort of stabilized. It is almost impossible to find an organist
around here, and since ours retired about 2 years ago we have just had
temporary substitutes. Sometimes when we can't find a substitute for a
given Sunday the keys player for the contemporary team takes it. But
she is very uncomfortable in a traditional format.
So the issue has come up in the last year about eventually phasing out
the traditional service. Perhaps transitioning it first to sort of
blended but leaning traditional, and very slowly transitioning it to
blended leaning contemporary. This has only been discussed so far
behind the scenes in a general sort of way. The members who attend the
traditional service tend to be quite a bit older and would be shaken by
Several people have said that they think it is better to do one thing
and to do it well than to try do several things and do some poorly. I
have been thinking about this, and about our duty to our older members.
They are brothers and sisters in Christ. And yet I known that the folks
who attend the early service are increasingly resentful that sometimes
it is almost impossible to provide the music they want while they see
the latter service packed with people and never without music.
Eventually our inability to supply the music that helps them worship is
going to become a major problem.
My question is, has anyone else here dealt with anything similar to this?