Do any others out there (particularly worship leaders, choir & team members) notice that it isn’t the type of songs that matters so much when it comes to “contemporary” versus “traditional” worship “styles” as much as the configuration of singers, instrumentalists, & how worship is led?
For example, we have a traditional [music] service as well as a contemporary [music] service, but we use both hymns & more modern songs in both at times. In fact, the traditional service enjoys the praise choruses (often these are older contemporary songs however), & the contemporary service enjoys hymns in a more contemporary style.
What matters, or so it seems, is the configuration of singers & instrumentalists, as I mentioned above. For the contemporary service, just about anything is okay — 4-6 singers (sometimes a choir also), guitars, bass, drums, keys, & one person leading, usually from guitar & singing; as for the traditional, it’s a full choir, piano, sometimes organ, & one person up front singing or conducting to lead both congregation & choir. If we do a song such as, He Knows My Name or I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous), it could work in either service without much issue.
I’ve noticed this in many churches that have separate services of differing musical styles, or churches that are trying to go more contemporary. I must honestly admit that I don’t have enough exposure of checking out or asking about what too many other churches do in such configurations though to know for sure — I don’t know of many churches with both styles of music doing separate services that I hear about knowingly.
Probably other churches will do the services completely differently in every aspect… & of course, this could just be how most like things at our church. :)
All this aside, it personally doesn’t bother me either way — the point is to be worshiping & glorifying God first & foremost. :)