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News => From the Pastor's Desk => Topic started by: Richard OFfill on July 29, 2017, 04:26:44 PM

Title: De facto generational segregation
Post by: Richard OFfill on July 29, 2017, 04:26:44 PM
We are often reminded that our church was organized by young people and that the time has come for us to give leadership back to them. I am not comfortable with the concept that we need to turn the church over to any special interest group, be they young, old, Millennials or the middle-aged. The leadership of the church should not have age as a criteria, but spiritual maturity.

This is no time for us to abnegate our responsibility as parents and grandparents and turn the church over to the young people or, for that matter, to the Millennials. God did not organize a church for Generation X, the Millennials, one for the old or one for the young.

I am afraid that, in our earnestness to minister to all the members of the church the result could well be a de facto generational segregation. If we are not careful we could well make impossible the church as it was meant to be.
Title: Re: De facto generational segregation
Post by: Raven on July 29, 2017, 05:31:58 PM
Well stated, Pastor.  There is no virtue in being young, old, male, female, white, black, or whatever.  There is virtue in being faithful to  God, and that crosses all ethnic groups, ages, and genders.

When we start establishing quotas in our bylaws for various special interest groups (you know, x number of females, x number of this or that ethnic group, or age group), the quality of our leaders and committees will deteriorate, and unity will be hard to achieve.  We need to be color blind, gender blind, age blind, etc., and pick the best people for positions, based on their commitment to God and on their various talents.
Title: Re: De facto generational segregation
Post by: Ed Sutton on July 29, 2017, 06:39:05 PM
Our Church was organized by people who believed God and acted on His Word and Testifying.  The young were not hardened in their hearts so more of them were in the group, but the middle aged and old who believed God and obeyed Him were in that group too. 

The separation segregation was and is heart /loyalty issues, not snow on the roof or lack of years.  We must not forget that and wander from it or we will cause Jesus's work and mission in the Most Holy Place to have to tell the angel clothed in white linen with the writers ink horn to pass us by, and that angel he is the third angel whose message we often give lip service to.

God did not rescue the ancient faith of Seth & Noah & Shem barely flickering in UR of the Chaldees by a young person, it was by Abram, God did not bypass loyalty & lead His people out of Egypt by a young person, it was 80 yr old Moses. God did use a young Joseph, a young Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

Youth or age is an adjunct to loyalty, preparation, living faith, determination to obey God and fulfill His mission .
Title: Re: De facto generational segregation
Post by: newbie on July 29, 2017, 08:57:28 PM
"There is no virtue in being young, old, male, female, white, black, or whatever."  I like that!!

What is it really about?  It is about sin.  Who chooses not to sin.  Who chooses not to be of this world and to pick up the cross and follow Jesus.