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View Poll Results: What do you want in church music
Traditional only, Piano and Organ on Hymns 1 12.50%
Contemporary only, live if possible CD's and DVD's acceptable 0 0%
Balanced service- Mixture of old and new. Old Stays Old, new sounds new. 0 0%
Blended service- Mixture of old and new, but everything sounds new. Guitar,keyboard, drums. 3 37.50%
Traditional with contemporary specials 2 25.00%
Other: Please specify. 2 25.00%
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Old 02-22-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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I'm on a search committee for a new music and worship leader and wanted to get a feel for what people want in music who don't really have a dog in the fight. We are a bigger than average church averaging around 130 on Sundays. We are primarily older with the average person probably around 60+ years old. We got a new pastor last Christmas(14 month ago) and he seems to be bringing in a younger crowd. Before there were 4-5 couples with kids under 50 and now there are about 12 of us. The church is in a small rural community. We know we don't want to do away with our modest church choir or our pianist and organist. They are really good and it would be a tragedy to lose that resource and piece of tradition. So here is a simple pole to see what the average Joe wants in church music.
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Our goal is for our church to mirror our community. Right now the average age in the community is 36 and the average age of the church is 60.
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I hate piped in or live music, give me a congregation that is there to sing for themselves and praise the Lord. No offense to those who like the music, but for me it just becomes entertainment, not worship. I guess I am just stuck in the past but sometimes old school is the what is needed.
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Default I voted for traditional before I read your second post.

Churches need to appeal to everyone. Our congregation is mostly old folks. There may be a simple explanation for this demographic. The area around our church is inhabited by mostly older folks. I hope that is the reason for our congregation make up. On the other hand, we have more than a few members who attend regularly and drive 20 miles or more. When I was growing up, my family attended every Sunday. I don't know how that is working these days.

Our greatest asset is a wonderful pastor who has served this church for 10 years. Another huge asset is friendly, God loving members. Good, old fashioned music is much appreciated by lots of us. Bible study 2X/week is both interesting/exciting plus well attended.

The Yankeetown Community Church attracts lots of "Snowbirds" in the winter and lots of them have been attending our church for several years. In the winter, we have 80 or more attendees every Sunday. In the summer, we may only have about half that.

Traditional music appeals to older groups. I was looking for a church (after being away from church and even away from God for about 50 years.) I attended 6-8 churches before finding YTCC. The one thing that influenced my search most of all was music. Honestly, music at some of the churches reminded me of fingernails on a chalkboard. The first Sunday at YTCC was filled with good old music.
The first service I attended at YTCC was on "Eatin' Sunday." We have lunch the last Sunday of every month. I like good food and it was abundant that first day. I've missed 3 Sundays in the past year and a half. I was sick twice and ran from the hurricane on the 3rd one.

It won't be long before I roll up 2 years at YTCC. "No Looking Back."
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^^^ Well, honky tonk music does attract a lot of sinners, fo' sho', so that would indeed be a novel approach for a church. And, Jesus was accused of being a glutton and a habitual drinker of alcohol, so He was not unacquainted with folks that live that lifestyle.

But I think the thread starter had a little bit different music in mind.
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^^^ Well, honky tonk music does attract a lot of sinners, fo' sho', so that would indeed be a novel approach for a church. And, Jesus was accused of being a glutton and a habitual drinker of alcohol, so He was not unacquainted with folks that live that lifestyle.

But I think the thread starter had a little bit different music in mind.
It is a novel approach. We are sinners who try hard not be and we attract sinners who are ready to make some changes. It's working. I say keep it real.
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It is a novel approach. We are sinners who try hard not be and we attract sinners who are ready to make some changes. It's working. I say keep it real.

Hey, sounds like church service will be at the Flora-Bama this Sunday !

Keepin' it real, and all.
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Hey, sounds like church service will be at the Flora-Bama this Sunday !

Keepin' it real, and all.
Come early, we had over 2000 there for church last weekend. Sunday, 9 & 11
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