I played guitar for 20 years before taking up the mandolin as my primary instrument 25 years ago. I have been a church music minister for most of that 45 years and I do play classical music, as well as other styles, on the mandolin and octave mandolin.
I tried classical guitar back in my guitar days, had a teacher, practiced a lot, etc. but it was not for me. I prefer being part of an ensemble and being free to add color to the music where I feel that it fits. A classical player is challenged to “be the music.” It’s a ton of responsibility in musical terms. I have a lot of admiration for good classical guitar players and I wish there were more of them who played in church.