Bridging the Generations in Worship

Tom McDonald from Enrichment Journal writes about ministering to multiple generations:

I was driving to the office recently and noticed an intriguing church sign: “We are traditional at 8 a.m. We are contemporary at 9 a.m. We are blended at 11 a.m.”

The sign reminded me of an ad I had seen in the newspaper: “We are charismatic in our worship, Baptist in our preaching, and Episcopal at the table.”

Comparing those two examples of life in today’s church shows how demanding it is on pastors and worship leaders to program services that appeal to multiple generations worshiping together under one roof. Interestingly, numerous churches program different kinds of music at different service times, yet have the same sermon throughout the Sunday schedule.

My question is: Is scheduling different worship styles at different times healthy for a local church? There are many voices calling pastors and worship leaders to adapt new trends when contemplating their style of worship in their churches. These novel methods for contemporizing worship seem compelling at first blush. Yet for the Pentecostal church of the 21st century, much is at stake. Continue reading.


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