4 Trends in Contemporary Church Music

Today’s church music is quite different than traditional hymns sung to piano, organ, and choir. From hymns to “contemporary” music to rock-and-roll, church music continues evolving in our worship services.

Worship is a form of engaging people during the service. But how do churches keep up with the latest music trends?

Here are four trends in contemporary church music worth considering for your congregation.


1. Many Formats

Most churches try to be something for everyone.

Older generations prefer traditional hymns, while Baby Boomers and Gen X grew up with contemporary Christian music of the 80s and 90s.

Songs written by greats such as Michael W. Smith and Rich Mullins were daring for their time. They involved more instruments and we soon had drum sets or backup music tracks in church.

Fearing losing the older generations, churches created multiple Sunday worship services: one featured traditional hymns while the other service was the “contemporary” service.

Now we see multiple music formats mixed into one service.

Hymns are back (although often accompanied by a drum set) joined by the latest worship songs heard on the radio. This brings the congregation together for worship as one.


2. More Than “Christian” Songs

In celebration of God creating all music, we hear secular rock songs in the church where this was formerly taboo.

This form of worship can serve to celebrate the beauty in all music. But there is controversy over using these songs as worship.

For older generations, hearing Coldplay as the special music for church services might not resonate or feel appropriate as “worship”. Were the words written with a heart toward God?

But this practice resonates with non-church goers. If Coldplay can be a form of worship, trying church is ok.

It’s a way to make church safe for people who might not otherwise give it a chance.

As a method of outreach, using “rock-n-roll” in the church is growing in popularity.


3. An Immersion Experience

With video, lights, technology, and lots of sound equipment, today’s worship experience is much like a rock concert.

Even contemporary Christian Christmas music is a different experience than the traditional Christmas pageant of our youth.

It’s possible some churches go too far in the direction of performance for music worship during services. But trends since 2004 show concert-style worship music reaches younger audiences.

Can you find the heart of worship in the church through high-energy music and a concert experience? For younger generations, the answer is yes.


4. The Future Is the Past

The futuristic church experience is returning to ancient roots.

Some say worship is trending back to stripped down, more intimate worship moments.

We’ll continue seeing a blend of contemporary, acoustic, and liturgical worship experiences. For many churches, this blend makes a well-rounded experience for centering hearts and minds on hearing Christ at church.


Church Music Continues to Change

While the message of the church stands through generations, church music changes with the culture.

No matter the trends, we provide audio, video, lighting, acoustics, and more for churches of every size.

Contact us to make the church music experience perfect for your congregation.