I have the honor and frustration/opportunity to minister in a multi congregational church. On any given weekend we have about four different styles of worship, not including ethnically specific congregations or youth and childrens ministries, in 5 main worship services.
I am responsible for anything that can be construed as contemporary; from children's ministries to our emerging gen congregation to our "boomer" congregation. There is another guy who leads what is largely our bulider congregation doing a traditional or "blended" worship style.
What is interesting to me is that I get to play in a couple of very different sandboxes. One is our "as modern as the day is long" Baby Boomer oriented service. And the other is our emerging gen service designed to reach post-moderns called Canvas.
Depending on what book you read, Gen -X-ers, i.e. people with a native postmodern world view, are born starting in 1963-65 up through the early 80's. I was born in '65. So you might say I am the oldest of baby-busters. But, nearly the entire time I have been in ministry I have been serving in very modern boomer oriented churches. I have generally been amongst the younger staff members. And, consequently, I have compromised my instinctive preferences in terms of how I connect to God in order to serve the people He gave me to serve.
But, now that I am in leadership in a very new emerging gen community as well as our big happy-clappy boomer community. I am feeling a bit schizophrenic. Very often, I have served, in the same evening, both of these groups as a lead worshiper and sometimes as a speaker. My tendency is to lean towards the emerging gen as a lead worshiper even in the boomer crowd. And even though we might do the exact same songs, I have found my approach to be very different for each.
More on this tomorrow.