If you’re 45 years of age and up (like me), I have news for you: The younger generation of evangelicals is not going to learn our ways and grow into maturity to look like us. They’re never going to get it, as we define “it.”
They’re not going to take over our (white) churches like sons and daughters assuming the reigns of a family business and run things like we have.
They’re not going to start dressing up for Sunday services or tuck in their shirts or sign up for a lot of committee work or revive the old hymns (at least not in the old forms).
They’re not going to fight the same battles that divided their parents’ churches on issues such as charismatic gifts, women’s roles, eschatology, and the social gospel. They’re into inclusion, not drawing lines in the sand.
They value vulnerability, personal stories and admissions of imperfection. The bigger-than-life man of God who reigns sovereignly over a local parish, who preaches with doubt-defeating conviction and shows no weakness, will not be impressive to them.
But the leader who shares from the heart and speaks across the table rather than downward from a pedestal, will connect. . .
I could say so much more. Another time.
But WHY the radical changes? What’s driving the new thinking? The new methods?
You tell me.
• If you’re 35 and under, tell us what’s going on. Us old-sters need to hear from you.
• If you’re 45 and up, what are your thoughts about the younger generation?
• If you’re 35-45, which way do you lean—younger or older? Why?
I’ll share my own thoughts on the subject next week.