A few weeks ago I went to the dentist. When the doctor walked in, I remember thinking this guy still has to be in high school. It was confirmation that I no longer qualify as a “young adult.” I am just an adult. My wife and I regularly talk about how different life is from just 10 years ago. Our schedules are different. Our responsibilities are different. So much has changed as we have transitioned from the youngest adult generation to make room for the Millennials.
I think it is vital for us as members of Generation X to be the adults in our church. Not the YOUNG adults. Not the SENIOR adults. Just the ADULTS. While each generation is essential to a healthy multi-generational church, I want to speak directly to us Gen Xers, the children of the 80s, on our role in the church today.Generation X must be the adults in church. Click To Tweet
As the ADULTS, we can ensure a healthy culture in the church if we…
It has always been easy for us to point out the problems with the church. It was too this or too that when we were growing up. Now it is too this or too that in church today. At this stage of our lives, we have the opportunity and responsibility to solve those problems. Our life experiences, values, maturity and stage of life give us a unique ability to solve problems because we understand the perspectives of each generation. Our parents are Boomers or part of the Silent Generation. Our kids are Millennials.Generation X understands the perspectives of each generation Click To Tweet
Keep in mind, solving problems is different than pointing out problems. Get involved in ministry and help make our church better. We need leaders and problem solvers to come along side staff in every area of ministry. We have problems that are waiting for you and your unique perspective to be recognized and solved. Talk to a staff member this week about how you can get involved and solve problems.
We have all experienced the Generation Gap in some way. As young leaders in church, family, community or business, you hit a wall because you were too young or were trying to change things that weren’t supposed to be changed. Some of us still carry some bitterness toward older generations as a result.
I believe God wants us as a church to be unified. We need to be bridge builders between generations. We need to ensure that the experiences and wisdom of older generations are appreciated and maximized rather than minimalized. We need to ensure that the passions and zeal of the younger generations are encouraged and engaged rather than crushed or stifled. Lead in the building of bridges between generations in our church.Generation X must step up and work to solve the problems. Click To Tweet
In Philippians 2, Paul gives instruction on what I believe it looks like to be bridge builders. In verses 3–4, he tells us:
- Don’t seek personal glory or your personal preference
- Humbly value others above yourself
- Look to serve the interests of others
As our church continues to reach our community with the gospel and develop future generations to be followers of Jesus, let it be said of us that we didn’t just talk about problems in the church, but that we stepped up and worked to solve the problems. Let our legacy be a healthy church culture where all generations are valued, engaged and united in our mission, to reach people with the gospel and develop them into committed followers of Christ.Let our legacy be a healthy church culture where all generations are valued, engaged and united. Click To Tweet