So my church has been considering for a while now the idea of splitting into two services, a traditional service and a contemporary service, or to put it more bluntly, a service for the older crowd and a service for the youth. I may be crazy, but I am completely opposed to this idea. I'm not sure if anyone will agree with me, but I tend to hate services that are "contemporary." They remind me of those parents that try to talk to their kids by "rapping" with them. The parents look dumb because they're out of their element and the kids don't listen because their eyes are rolling so hard they're about to pop out and roll down the street.
Now, I'm not saying it can't be done well. I remember a great service at my old church by Pastor Haug, but that was once. Services I attended at Baylor were typically groan-worthy.
I think that what all churches really need these days is a blended service. The traditions and whatnot help keep us grounded in why we're at worship, but the more modern stuff helps bring young people in, which a church needs to survive. Music is the best way to experience this. There are some older hymns that are great, but that can't be all a church sings. People under thirty rarely want to sing "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" every week. Now, one of the best memories I have of when I first started attending WHCC was when we sang "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun." It was fun, it was different, and it got the youth's attention, at least a bit. I don't want every Sunday to be youth Sunday, but I don't want to feel like I'm in the 1800's either.
The youth are the life-blood of a church; it's future. Splitting everyone up just creates divisions and, I fear, will end up costing us more new members than it gains us. We are the ones that help build God's house bigger and bigger. To quote a great man, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
I pray that God guides us to do his will and that Christianity will endure and spread to every ear. May each and every child of the Lord worship him in any way they can.