But I do not see much opportunity. Unless you are a super successful pastor like Johnny Hunt it seems that younger pastors do believe you have anything to offer them. I find that unfortunate. But I do not know if any younger pastors will want used theology books or my encouragement. I guess I better focus on learning to roast my own awesome coffee; something else I want to do to support by coffee habit.
I bet you can find at least one younger pastor to mentor Allen. You have much to offer, and that one might change the world. As a 42 year old pastor serving in a coffee shop, allow me to gently dissuade you from the notion that coffee shop ministry has a slower pace. It is the best work I have ever done and the coffee is a huge plus! But in the age of electronic books, how many could you realistically sell to keep the doors open? For those older ministers, one way they can maintain relevance is to stay aware of current events and the issues facing the younger generation.
You have to deal with today. Learn from the past but learn how to deal with today and think about the effects on tomorrow. If you not understand high tech, get someone younger than 18 to teach you about them. Most will be willing to help you. Read the papers and the blogs. The comments are where you find out the most pressing problems and often find solutions. Let them see you in action. Let them see you care about people and not be judgmental.
Focus on the fact the couple opted for marriage instead of just perpetually living together. As for a reduced denominational structure for older clergy to go in to, that is a good thing. If you have a group of pastors who ran people out of churches and ran the young people off from religion, why should there be positions at a higher level for them to go in to? This results in no change ever occurring. Part of the reason that younger pastors are reluctant to move in to established churches where boomer pastors would be retiring is that those younger pastors can never be the old pastor, they are different people.
Also, those churches will probably not like the younger pastor because of his opinions. The pastor might be a female, which will upset some people. The younger pastor might be too accepting of homosexuals and single people. Also, some new people might join the church when it gets a young pastor and the old guard might feel that they are losing control of the church.
That does not set well either. As a young pastor I took an established church. Rural, small in attendance with many family connections. You can get the picture.
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Today, we have a multi-generational fellowship that is impacting our community and world. We have grown five times our size, build and paid for a new worship center, and averaged 25 baptism per year. No brag just thankful! We work hard at respecting our difference while being true to the scriptures and the great commission. I have hope that when the Lord moves me from this pastorate that He will lead a young man to love and lead them even more. Let me also clarify what I meant. Nothing good can come from the old guard fearing a loss of power and having a crack down on any and everyone who attempts to do anything but exactly what they want.
I believe most of us boomers need to retire and get out of the way so a younger pastor can have a church. Until the first of the year I was a boomer pastor. Before that and for most of my career I was a denominational worker. I always tried to leverage technology in my work.
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My generation has lacked the vision to prepare a solid future for the small church. In the process most of SBC churches are stagnant or declining. About a year before I left my pastorate I tried to lead them into leveraging social media for ministry and publicity. I asked my denomination for advice and they gave me a few emails with some limited advice. Then price it so the small or mission church can see the value in the product. Not all of us can be Jerry Falwell or Adrian Rodgers and have a television ministry.
But all of us can have a YouTube channel to promote our church and do ministry. In retirement I have started a YouTube channel to show pastors that it can be done for little or no cost. In one month I have an audience about a third to one half the size of my former congregation. Just for reference your readers might see what I am doing and consider this a form of outreach. Kevin: it has already begun in established churches.
In past years they could fill a pastoral opening in six months or less. Many of those churches now have retired bivocational pastors. Do you think that is because the gossip is that the particular congregation would not be a good one to go to prior history of running off pastors, all elderly people, rural area in the middle of nowhere, bad leadership, mean members?
From having read other blogs, I think that is a possibility. The ideas espoused in certain seminaries are conflicting with the ideas present in many congregations. Also, there are plenty of women attending in seminaries these days who are quite competent. I became a pastor in my middle forties. As I have grown into this role over the last twenty years I had seen some trends.
One is that the young guns are highlighted in much of our denominational publications especially the books written on church growth and church health. This sends a message to boomer pastors. Look at the church planters sponsored by us. So, there is a sense in which boomer pastors are encouraged to feel that they are being put out to pasture. If God called me to plant another church I would not hesitate. I believe with all of my heart that God always provides for HIs will to done. If Colonel Sanders could do it, so can you.
So, go for it! Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ our lord and redeemer. It is my hope that you are under good care of almighty Father above all heavens. Through spreading the wonderful lords messages through faith come from Gods messages. As a church pastor I could like to request you to come here in Kenya with your team so as to meet with my people and share with them as the Lord directs you.
We also need you to teach us and to share with you much. We are also a church which needs to have a founder because it started with a small fellowship and God is going on blessing it. I will be praying for you for the word that you have sped in the hearts of many peoples in our hearts and may the wonderful God blessing it through him we have everlasting live.
I pray the Lord to assist you in what you do so as to bring His people to His kingdom. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
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Yours in Christ, Pastor Wilfred. Thank you Larry! I am 73 years old and have come to the understanding that God has a purpose for every life he calls. However, in my experience, I have noticed that unless the pastors know me personally, they see me as a has been. But I am rewarded when pastors in my seminars start asking for copies of my presentations and ask me: Who did this presentation for you? Then I realize that I must keep on doing what I am doing until the Master calls me.
I will turn 65 next month. I formally did mission work in Latin America for over 30 years. In the end I discovered that the group I belong to was a cult. But I threw out the bathwater and kept the baby and have continued Continued my life with the Lord. Today I believe that I am much stronger. I feel that I am being called to be a pastor. Yes, even at I would greatly appreciate input As to what would be the most efficient way for me to get into the ministry.
Brother Thom: I am so thankful for you and your ministry to local churches and pastors.
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Thank you for caring so much for both. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! It is not only that older pastors are reaching retirement age; most churches will not even look at an older minister. M and OO7 were just not with the times and should think about retiring. When Bond meets the new young Q there are two lines that are quite revealing. The foundational churches in the current trend are going to get older before they get younger.
Are they just suppose to retire? How can pastors turn these challenges into opportunities? Are there any retired pastors reading this who can give the rest of us pastors tangible examples of proactive transitions that have worked for you? I personally hope that 6 is the most prominent of all of the implications and ultimately outweighs the rest.
If boomer pastors and church staff are actively and urgently working to raise up a new generation of leaders, it seems to me that most of the other implications would be mitigated significantly. My prayer is that local churches will take it seriously and begin to help facilitate that trend. Why settle for mere tolerance when we can have unity? Boomer pastors should take the initiative toward mentoring and encouraging Millennial church leaders, whether they are pastors or lay-leaders. If significant leadership roles are being given to members in their s now, there will likely be less friction for all when a younger pastor tries to lead the church later.
As a baby boomer pastor. Born and with 37 years experience in ministry I have reflected for some time on the issues you raise.
I see a need for the experience I have especially as I understand the old paradigm even as I must now minister in the new paradigm that has replaced Christendom. But frankly, I am tired. Tired of endless meetings, insular congregations, the worship wars and ministry between the paradigms. I long for Simple Church!
I long to see spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines to become a part of modern day discipleship and I look for a return to prophetic ministry without all the political overtones of our day. So many of the things we call ministry today are informational rather than transformational and I believe that the church has oftentimes laid aside the one thing it can uniquely offer the world — the hope of the gospel.
Your longings reflect the sentiments of many of us Neal. May we join together to pray for that day. Just an observation of my church, and baby boomers. I have noticed a distinct difference between older and younger baby boomers. Especially those older than 63 and those younger. The reluctance of that group to change is causing a decline in attendance. We need to be willing to accept quidance from a younger generation who have a close walk with Christ. I have learned a great deal from our pastor, and other leaders in the 35 — 50 age bracket sometimes even younger.
We need to respect others who speak the gospel, no matter what the age. I am in the younger than 65 yo baby boomer group. As a young pastor that works with a lot of young adults, the younger generation believes older pastors have a difficult time relating to their family and life situations.
We donot need them to stop sharing their wisdom but we can reach our generation more effectively because of our knowledge about our culture. Then they call a boomer to lead them. Maybe we need to buy aging churches some church growth books written by Rainer:. Why are Gen X leaders, pastors, and members habitually left out of this discussion? Primarily because they are the two largest generations by far.
Thus more research has been done on them. Maybe those entering the ministry could consider making their first calling their last. Sit in that position for 45 years. Build influence that causes your congregation to trust your leadership at any age. I am a bi-vocational pastor at a work. I have worked hard and long to mentor men to take my place bi-vocational pastoring takes its toll. There is wisdom and Biblical depth that can be profited from even if the perspectives and methods are different.
Hi Tom, I read with interest your comment Many have a strong desire to mentor younger…I am not sure that in our experience at churches in rural south have pastors that exhibit this. My husband and I see pastors who are afraid and territorial. I do not see conventions that work on bridging this gap. I am sad for what I see and hope that there will be a bridge and soon. I posted something earlier around 5 pm, but now I realized that the office might be closed. Ministry is a calling and therefore does not have a retirement age!
However, boomer pastors and churches need to have a vision that bridges the gap between being the frontline minister and becoming a shepherd, evangelist, and disciple. I see it time and time again where ministers have given years to dynamic ministry and just quit. Unfortunately for this to happen a church is going to have to commit financially to bringing on a understudy, and have a vision for what this would look like over the next five years. Let the older minister actually be a Senior Minister who guides and mentors the next person. I would love to do this; however, most churches do not want to make that commitment.
This is already working in most churches today. There is also a word of caution here for most churches considering a younger minister; all these ministers and more grew up in church work. They have experience beyond their years. One other habit they have is that they have found a network of pastors to mentor them. He regularly filled in for pastors on vacation or for churches without pastors.
He also was there to advise his pastor or deacon board when called on. He regularly visited shut ins and those in the hospital. He also, continued teaching his family, which I miss greatly.
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One of the few practitioners that I know addressing these issues within the church is Dr. Amy Hanson. I attend a church led by a 68 year old pastor who has been there for 38 years. These are things he has said at various times. Since he passed the 65 year threshold 3 years ago, our attendance has fallen from down to He just seems to have lost touch with the way things are these days, but has no eye to see it.
What advice can you give us? How about the fairer sex; there is a fact not many knew: Inside every grown-up woman is a little girl hiding too. There are times she is petulant; times she is sweet. She may want to play dress up or kick-the-can in the street. These children hiding in us may embarrass us when they act. They are probably less sociable and more matter-of-fact. They are innocent and want to believe with all their hearts.
Why do we harbor these children that refuse to grow up?
The ones that pick the most inopportune times to show up. You see, Jesus told us that in life on this fact we must center Unless you become a little child, heaven you cannot enter So this is what this old railroader is going to do with the rest of his time. She is a lovely person hiding inside a crusty business-like woman.
She is attentive to anyone needing help; even at two in the morning. How can you best describe someone like this? So what do we do with an awesome warrior that has past her prime? How can we show her that we appreciate the way she gave her time? Repayment for her work or doing favors in return, is not what she expects. She just wants her efforts to mean something that you can really respect. She will see through that tawdry little charade right from the start! I know that God has respected all her wishes and all her hard works.
So much so that he took our sadness and combined it to cover The hurts and pains she has from her life time of service to others. The devil thought he had the last laugh when Nancy and G passed. Start your free 30 days.