I’m the worship leader/music director at a small church. It’s usually me and the guitar. The pastor and I work together to develop a service that works seamlessly. The songs are chosen to enhance and complement the sermon. I draw from many sources, including contemporary Christian music, if the song is appropriate. I have no problem re-arranging the music and changing the key to make it easier for the congregation to sing.
This past Sunday we had a special service which included our choir. Myself and another church member researched the stories behind the hymns. The whole service was telling the stories and singing the hymns. It was amazing and people were so moved. We’ve been asked to do the program at other churches already. There is a thirst out there for something that real. Many of the old hymns come right out of life.
Not to say that there are not good contemporary songs. I write for the church from time to time, usually inspired by the scripture we’re covering or the sermon. Some of them get worked up and sung at secular events by my band. God’s word does not come back void!!