As I transition churches, preparing for my move, I want to take the time to say what New City Church is doing right.
1) it's not about the style, it's about the substance. There are old hymns that are not good, there is new music that is wonderful. Both old and new, take the good, leave the bad.
2) what is good - songs that point to Jesus. Those that point us upward, not to within ourselves.
3) (from "Worship by the Book") What is the most important instrument of worship? The congregation. What is right, is making the congregation the most important instrument of worship. That means not disrupting worship with the band, not drowning out the congregation with the band.
4) A vital skill to have is knowing the difference between performance music and corporate worship music. There's a place for performance music; but it's not necessarily corporate worship music.
Corporate worship music is not performance music where the audience sings along.
I have been blessed by my time at New City. They've got it together, in a lot of ways.