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What Is A Contemporary Church Service

A contemporary church service is a worship service that takes place in a church, but it differs from traditional services in a number of ways. It has many similarities to a traditional service, but there are also some key differences. Some have suggested that this entails the use of multimedia tools like PowerPoint and videos. The video screen and smartphones have replaced the hardcover Bibles and hymnals. The common interpretation is that it precludes the use of “old terminology.” Worship areas have taken the place of sanctuaries, and stages have taken the place of chancels.

Traditional services typically consist of singing, praying, and listening to the sermon. In contrast, contemporary church services often include music that is not associated with any particular religion and may include videos or other media content. The music may be upbeat or slow depending on what type of event is being held, such as an outdoor concert or a funeral service.

What Is A Contemporary Church Service

The language used during a contemporary church service can also vary from traditional services because there isn’t any one set text that needs to be read aloud during each event. Instead, people may use their own words when sharing about their faith or talking about what matters most to them at that moment in time.

People attending these types of events might also dress differently than those who would attend other types of religious gatherings such as weddings or funerals; they might wear casual clothes instead of suits or dresses if they don’t have much time before their next appointment after leaving their current location.”

Contemporary Church Definition

Defining “Contemporary Worship”

I am often asked to define contemporary worship. My response usually revolved around the musical definition. I never considered the full scope of what was really being asked. Although contemporary means many things to many people, let’s focus on its true meaning. Contemporary merely means “occurring in the modern” or “of the day.”

It can be a difficult thing to call worship contemporary. The true translation makes it too unclear. For the past 50 years worship was “contemporary.” It was the way people all over the world had done it…for the most part. Ideally, worship cannot be categorized as traditional, contemporary or blended. Worship is worship. It hasn’t changed since man was created. We can argue over the elements and the ways in which we worship, differentiate the outward expressions of our worship, and even label our churches to better clarify the freedoms permitted in worship. To use the terms traditional, contemporary and blended as definitions for our corporate worship styles is misleading and incorrect.

The only things that have changed in our corporate worship are the tools we use to help facilitate it. Sadly, until 15-plus years ago, the church had not been contemporary in its use of music in the church. We held too tightly to the styles, presentation and other elements of our music. At the expense of losing millions of young people to the world, we failed to become contemporary in our look and in our presentation. We have, in a sense, left them behind at the risk of becoming relevant to their desires and needs.

Traditional Vs Contemporary Church Service

The terms traditional, contemporary and blended are better used in the context of musical instrumentation and orchestration. To use a pipe organ as a tool to lead worship would probably place you in the traditional category. To use a Hammond B-3 in your worship would probably place you in the contemporary category—especially if it was played correctly with the right speakers. If your church has a band, you would be considered contemporary. If your instrumentation consists of the piano and organ, you would probably fall into the traditional model.

When asked the style of worship we incorporate at our church, I often respond “traditional.” When asked what style of music we incorporate, my response is always “contemporary.” Another frequently asked question centers around the use of hymns. Hymns in themselves are neither traditional nor contemporary. It is how they are presented that makes them traditional or contemporary. Some of our more progressive musical worship bands have seen the value in many great hymns. It is their presentation that makes them contemporary.

The fight over hymns and choruses takes center stage when it should have been over how they were arranged and presented. A lost person could hear Passion’s version of “O for a Thousand Tongues” and not recognize or differentiate whether it was a hymn or another great worship song. Maybe if we had made the change 20 years ago hymns would still be an effective tool in worship.

So what is contemporary worship? Simply the same as it has been since Jesus walked here on earth. It is giving honor and praise to his Father in heaven. It is living lives in obedience to His word and His call on your life. It is showing His worth to all because He is worthy. Let us not confuse worship with music. Worship doesn’t change.

In the future, I hope that we will begin to do away with labels on worship styles. There is only one style of worship—that which honors God and pleases Him.

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