I graduated from Calvin two and a half years ago. At Calvin I was a part of the worship teams for LOFT and chapel (piano and organ). At those services we regularly used the organ as an "orchestral" instrument to supplement the rhythm instruments of the praise band.
I am now the director of music at my church in New Jersey. Ordinarily, we just use the organ on the "traditional hymns" and the praise band on the "contemporary songs". (I really hate that lingo, by the way. But that's a conversation for another post). I am trying to convince the worship coordinator and praise band coordinator to include organ on a regular basis. Everytime I bring it up, it is essentially "laughed off", essentially saying that it can't be done. I have been able to include organ with praise band in two services in the last two years.
Our church strives to have a blended worship style. But I'd like to try to blend the instrumentation as well as the types of worship songs.
Has anyone had success in their own congregations? Any tips on convincing leadership to try it on a more regular basis?