The "Contemporary" Worship Experience
This, too, has contributed to the decline of the church. It's been the trend in the last couple of decades for traditional, mainline churches to pretend to be something they're not. Many of them have experimented with praise bands, the installation of screens, praise music, leisure dress on the platform, and...well...you know how well that's been received. Frankly, it has largely proven to be a fatal mistake. Of course, there are exceptions to this everywhere and especially in those churches where there is an un-traditional look already, staging, an amphitheater-style seating, as well as the budget to hire the finest musicians to perform for worship. In traditional, mainline churches, however, trying to make a stained-glass atmosphere pass as a coffeehouse gathering has met with about as much success as a karaoke singer auditioning for The X Factor. Contemporary worship works in contemporary settings and, even then, only if done very, very well. My point is, however, in traditional settings, it has not met with much success at all. I would suggest that Church leaders recognize that they should improve their traditional worship, not just move furniture around on the pulpit or think that a karaoke band is going to rescue their dying worship experience.