A pastor is a creative.
The moment we pretend we aren’t we become program directors or administrators. Nothing wrong with these fields except I’ve never decided to change my life because of orderly paperwork.
Creatives are the ones that tackle the problems no one is engaging. The church has plenty of problems.
Creatives express new realities into new contexts. The church has a message that must reach new contexts.
For me this problem is my peers and those younger than I am aren’t going to church. It gets really alarming when I see those a bit older than me aren’t coming back like our parents did. I’m 28 by the way.
I write this as I come across more and more hard evidence of the absence of millennials, mosiacs, or whatever else you want to call them, from our local churches. As a youth pastor this is disappointing. Realizing these are people I have known all my life scares me.
There is plenty written out there about this issue, namely David Kinnaman’s newest book that is next up on my reading list. I am sure there will be compelling evidence and some hope for something different.
Books like that sell because we aren’t doing anything about it. Which means there is a whole swath of pastors out there just like me who are afraid to do something new.
Just finishing up another book: Stephen King’s “On Writing” I’ve never read anything before by King, but have loved this instructional memoir. Towards the end he says something similar to what others have said but I think it fits:
The scariest moment is always just before you start.
I don’t know how we can keep our integrity while engaging a generation with different views on sexuality and on average wait much longer to get married.
I know we have to embrace doubt, but practically I’m not sure how we do this responsibly.
I know we need depth, but also need to reach people where they are.
The problems are obvious and alarming. I don’t have many answers.
So what are we doing about this?
If you were going to try something what would you try?