History of Contemporary Worship Music

Contemporary worship music has changed the face of church services in the past few decades. Even mainline denominations, which have traditionally placed an emphasis on liturgy and hymns, have often adopted new music forms and incorporated them into their worship services in creative ways. Some have received this change favorably, while others resist it. But what exactly is contemporary worship music, and what led to its prominence in Christian culture? There might be both cultural and theological issues involved in the way music has shifted in the last century.