Over the last few decades, people became bored with church as usual. They no longer wanted hymns, a choir, the traditional piano and organ accompaniment, and the uptight dress code that became known somewhere along the line as church. I can understand some of these things. As the society around the church began to change, the church was singing “I Shall Not Be Moved”. In response to this, there arose the new traditional church, or the contemporary church.
Some of you are probably wondering why I call the contemporary church “the new traditional church”. I have several reasons. Here are the characteristics of most of these churches:
1. The show – lights, camera, action! Flashing lights on stage, dim lighting in the audience, and perhaps a fog machine. Everything is cued to perfection. If everything doesn’t go as planned, someone just might get fired or replaced.
2. The dress code – the crowd is pretty casual, but those on stage must have the hipster physique.
3. The music selection – it better be top 40s Christian hits or forget it! I guess songs have an expiration date?!?
4. The service flow – Upbeat song followed by a welcome. A few more worship songs. An offering. Perhaps a video. A message (maybe with an invitation). Come back next week for the same thing😀.
Do you see the trend? Churches say they are cutting edge, but they have become the new tradition. A lot of churches are slow to catch on, but many are copying this. The goal of many churches is to be Elevation Church, Newspring Church, or something similar. I’m not knocking these churches because God is using them in the lives of people. So why post a blog about this?
Churches should strive to be Spirit-led rather than led by the latest trends. Sure, some people want trendy but others want something authentic. They want to go to a place that feels like home and welcomes a move of God rather than tries to manipulate people’s emotions by manufacturing something.
I have said some similar things recently while approaching it from a different angle. You might think your church is pretty hip and contemporary, only to find that it is copying at least several hundred churches across the country.
I will close with this video. It’s pretty funny, but I think you will see everything I’ve shared in video form.