Hillside Christian Church does not have a contemporary worship service. Many successful congregations have multiple worship services which always include a contemporary service. Contemporary worship services take a special mix to succeed. A contemporary service requires music that is led by a band, and an informal setting is vital, and preaching that connects to the audience is primary. Contemporary worship services are what appeals to the millennium generation. The millennium generation are those people who are under 35 years of age. It is a vastly different generation in what they expect from our generation. They are a generation filled with technology and rapidly moving events. These multi screen, high definition, surround sound events move this generation spiritually.
Since we do not have a contemporary worship service we have tried blending traditional and contemporary. The best of both worlds. The millennials don’t like formality (pulpit robes) or hymns. They don’t like the organ and want guitar and drums. So, we try to meet in the middle – that is why you still see young people in our service. It may even surprise you to know that we even have some millennials that are more traditional than some of our senior citizens. Demographics tell us that in ten to fifteen years the demand will be for a more blended service in the United States.
I’m not asking everyone in the congregation to like the film clips, praise singing or the move away from a bulletin. I don’t even like some of the stuff the younger generation needs. But I try to take the Bible at its word, (1 Cor 9:22)
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. It is about following the Bible and remaining flexible. Our goal is to win people to Jesus Christ. As the founders of our Church wrote, “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Love.”