I don't want to hijack the other thread concerning church growth. And this question may not fit that OP's church, anyway. Several times I have personally witnessed this scene: A church of around 100-150, with excellent preaching, excellent Bible study, good mix of ages, but cast in a traditional mold as to both music and programs. Plenty of non traditional program churches available for those wanting that, and plenty of contemporary music churches available for those wanting that. Someone new--not necessarily a new pastor but often--comes and decides "we aren't reaching the 20 somethings and we need to change to what they want." Two points and some questions. Point one: often that is not true. 20somethings may be sitting in a pew when this is said. Point two: lots of surveys out there showing that many 20somethings are looking for that traditional church. So my question: Are those traditional 20somethings and that 100-150 people already worshipping at that church totally unimportant and irrelevant? At what age are we no longer useful, or are our worship needs of no importance? The mantra of the 80's and 90's when the worship wars were heating up was that we needed to allow diversity in worship styles. Now that the majority of worship services are contemporary, do we no longer need diversity of styles? This applies also to programs. I know young folks actively seeking a church where they can still have SS, the church, then Discipleship Training that evening, then worship. They are looking for the Wednesday night prayer meeting (not more preaching or Bible study or kids activities). I'm the first to admit that maybe there really are fewer looking for that traditional church. But if they find that church and they and the people there are blessed by that type of church, why change it? Why not let them reach the folks they can reach and the other style churches reach the folks they can reach? I'm usually given the argument that "there are some not reached by that traditional church." I agree. But obviously if it exists there are some that are reached by it. Why not diversity of programs and styles anymore?