A twentysomething friend of mine posted a question on Facebook the other day:
“What is the role of young people (age 21-29) in the church today?”
Good question. It got me thinking. At first, I wrestled with his question strictly in terms of how I could help him get involved. I’m a fixer. Then, I thought that maybe he wasn’t the only person wondering the same thing. As I thought some more, I began to recognize that this question isn’t limited to young adults.
What’s my role in the church if I’m an 85-year-old, widowed great-grandmother? If I’m a 38-year-old husband and father? A 65-year-old, newly retired couple? A 45-year-old, executive at the top of my game? A 31-year-old stay-at-home mom?
What is my role, at my age and stage, in the church?
Over the course of the next several posts, I’ll address this important question. I know I don’t have all of the answers and that this will force me to paint with broad strokes. However, I think it’s going to be worth the effort. Prayerfully, it’ll encourage someone to a greater appreciation for the church and deeper personal involvement.
No matter how we end up answering this question, there’s one thing I know for sure:
We need one another
Part of what makes the church so glorious is the fact that, at her best, she brings people together. Rich and poor. Haves and have-nots. Men and women. Black and white. And, young and old.
The church suffers when it is homogeneous. She flourishes when she is diverse. Each of the generations needs the other generations. And each generation has a vital role to play.
About this series
Over the course of a number of posts, we’ll explore the unique needs—and contributions—of each of the generations in the church today: young adults (18-30), mid-lifers (30-50), empty-nesters (50-65), and senior adults (65 and beyond).
I know those breakdowns are somewhat artificial. However, it’s my hope that you’ll identify with one or two of these groups, that you’ll have a new perspective on your role, and that your relationship with the church—and her Savior—will grow as a result.