My kids remind me that I'm no longer young. I feel young, I try to think young, but apparently there are limits! Hey, I even have an iPhone! Of course, my college student daughter laughs when I hand it to her to add the latest app or make something else on it work.
The future is always young. But it's the wisdom of those who are not young that help navigate the future successfully. The new ideas of young leaders combined with the wisdom of veteran leaders is a powerful combination. My daughter will ask me for advice on dealing with new territory she's never traveled before. I offer the counsel, provide guidance if needed, but let her take her own steps. I love watching her invent her future and take part in the new culture around her.
I love watching the church find its way too. It's changing faster than ever. Don't misunderstand, some elements of the local church should never change. The Gospel of salvation, The Great Commission, and actually caring about people are just a few of the many things that must never change. Methodology, philosophy and practice will always change.
When a church is healthy there is young life in abundance. This doesn't mean an aging church isn't good, it does mean however, it is aging and without new life it will stall and eventually die. That's the circle of life itself and church doesn't escape that reality.
So my desire is to encourage you by sharing just a few ideas about how to help keep your church young and thereby keep its future bright. You may be able to add several more thoughts, but this will get you started.
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