When pastors get together the subject of conversation may be the weather, hobbies, a recently published book, the cost of gasoline, a new restaurant and almost anything else. Routine stuff. But before long the subject will inevitably turn to church matters.
Over the past couple of months in chatting with two friends, both young pastors, both from different states, they indicated the focus of their ministry was the younger generation, folks from twenty to thirty years old. In one conversation, both used almost the same phrase. In there words they were focusing on folks who wanted to worship with people of their own age. The description, used by both young pastors, has repeatedly come to mind "…worship with people their own age...," i.e., the twenty to thirty folks. A single ingredient church is something worthy of further thought. The twenty to thirty age group is made up of bright, educated, vigorous, curious people who bring those qualities into the church. They want to worship and they are willing to work in the church.
But I have a tough time getting past a church focusing on one age group and or “folks who want to worship only with other their own age.”
Try a few parallels. Wake Chapel has some of the finest culinary artists that can be found. I wonder how they would do baking a cake with only one ingredient. What about a builder constructing a house using only one material or an automobile made with nothing but sheet metal?
I wonder what my young pastor friends will do when they “age out” of the twenty/thirty group and folks won’t want to worship with them. The same is true of those in that group. One day the ywill be too old to fit in that age group. What then?
Should there be a church for the twenty to thirty group, another church for those in the forties, and another for the fifties and so on.
Like a cake, a car, or a house, many and varied building blocks are needed in a church. The energy and vigor of youth and the experience and wisdom that come with years are needed.
A final thought: while it may sound appealing to the twenties / thirties now – what will they say and how will they feel when they are in their fifties / sixties and have young folks who would prefer not to worship with them? Isn’t the church a family made up of all ages?