I know there is a controversy in regards to 'traditional' worship services and and the 'contemporary' services that according to statistics are attracting more people...primarily younger people. Yet I adhere to the idea that where the most go is not thereby proved to be the best place. When 'popularity' becomes the main criteria....truth goes out the window. It appears the 'big drawing' card in 'contemporary services' is the music. I have no problem with any music whose purpose is to Praise the Lord....but is that the real intent of those who get caught up in so called 'Christian Rock' music etc. I cannot prove it but I think many of those attracted to 'Contemporary Services' are more interested in the method than the message...they like music they can 'relate' to aka secular oriented music. Thus I am of the opinion that even though the 'contemporary services' are more popular...it may not be a good idea. The question for Baptist Churches seems to be...how can they draw more young people and remain true to the Gospel? First of all you need a Pastor who is truly interested in helping young people...who understands they are the future of the Church and need to be included in a real way and not just given lip service so to speak. Young people need a challenge, they need an opportunity to work, they need to feel they are involved in something important or relevant. Young people tend to be rebellious and questioning of the older generation...not a bad thing in and of itself....the Lord knows the older generation is not perfect, has made many mistakes and all too often has grown tired and complacent. Thus young people can be the 'spark' that makes a church vibrant and mission oriented ....aka spreading the gospel to the community. The 'resources' available to the various churches varies greatly depending on their size of course but having a viable attractive Church atmosphere for the young people does not mean one has to have a big budget, a youth director etc. What is needed is a few church members willing to work with the young people...to first of all make sure they are well grounded in the Gospel...this requires more than just a Sunday School Class once a week...there should be a youth meeting at least once a week also...taught by the pastor or others who have a good knowledge of the Bible. Special emphasis should be placed on Missionary Activity and how to talk to the lost...visitations should be set up, door to door canvassing should be organized etc.etc. once you get the young people involved and actually working for the Lord they will become much more motivated and much more willing to try and get their friends to come to church with them. Those of you who are veterans and experienced Combat know full well how that experience 'bonds' you with your fellow soldiers. Likewise....going out and doing missionary work in the community whilst not like 'combat' in most ways...in one way it is though........it will 'bond together' those young folk who confront the lost....they will be verbally attacked, made fun of etc.etc. trying experiences but it will make them stronger and closer to one another and the Lord...thus ---I think then you will see your Church attendance increase....because in these trying times....there is nothing more rewarding, challenging and relevant than bringing lost souls to the Light of the Truth...the Gospel of Jesus.