Transcending the Worship Debate
For years now there have been two fundamental camps when it comes to worship
music—contemporary and traditional—and oftentimes
the two never mix. We believe such distinctions are limiting.
A Cross Between offers a fresh approach, embracing the richness
of God’s diversity to encourage a new kind of listening. Are we classical?
Yes. Are we contemporary? Yes. Are we traditional? Yes. Are we for the young
or for the old? Both. Asking such questions is one way people tend to box
in art and gravitate toward what they know and like. A Cross Between
encourages you to come out of the box and explore new territory. Let the
one priority of your listening journey be to seek truth. Beyond that, just
enjoy and revel in God’s magnificent diversity!
Recently, while performing at a college chapel in Minneapolis, it
occurred to us that the students and their professors needed to hear
some revolutionary truth: when it comes to worship, church leaders and
musicians are not laying out for them the full spread of the Lord’s
great feast! Instead, they are offering up a steady diet of sameness
in the belief that doing so is culturally inviting and correct. As a result,
another generation is missing out on the full richness of expression that
God created so that everyone may worship Him in spirit and truth.
At the same time, churches remain divided between young and old, contemporary
and traditional, rock and classical. Why must it be either/or? Why not
both/and? God loves variety. Why shouldn’t we?
A Cross Between invites you to expand your mind and open your
heart through styles that are married to truth-telling. If a rock beat
sells a certain lyric best—we use it! If a serene classical violin
tune best ushers us into silence—we play it! If a jazz chorus
gets the congregation clapping its hands in praise—we sing it!
If a tried and true hymn text from early church history perfectly brings
home the point—we preach it! Composer Bryan Jeffrey Leech once
said, “Worship should be reflective of heaven. The gifts of God’s
people should be displayed like a smorgasbord fit for a King!” We
say, “Amen!” to that. Our motto, “If done with excellence
and integrity—it’s all good!” reflects both our inclusive,
professional approach and our focus on honest relationship with the Lord
Jesus Christ. In listening to our artistry, we hope you will find new
truths, old wisdom, and enriching healing for the soul.
WHO WE ARE
Established in 1981, A Cross Between is the husband and wife
team of Ron and Cynthia Arden. We both hold advanced degrees in music
arts and, between us, have over 50 years of professional experience. For
twenty-five years, God has used us to bless audiences coast to coast with
skilled musicianship, dramatic performances, and innovative style.
» Read Ron Arden’s bio
» Read Cynthia Arden’s bio
WHAT WE DO
A Cross Between makes musical kaleidoscopes
for worship and the concert stage in churches, colleges, and other venues,
both Christian and secular. We custom-tailor concerts to meet the needs
of your congregation, organization, or school. Our richly textured performances
engage the heart and enrich the soul.
» See more information about our concert programs
Workshops and Consultation
We are not only experienced performers, but passionate
teachers with the desire and expertise to impart the knowledge and wisdom
we’ve acquired as professional musicians working both in and out
of the church. A Cross Between offers custom-designed workshops
and master classes for students, worship leaders, and others interested
in learning from our experience. We also work personally with church leaders
and musicians to develop new programs, teach new styles, and/or help introduce
blended worship elements into your service.
» See more information about our workshops and