A Boomer’s Views on Life, Love, God, and Family

Eight Implications of Aging Boomer Pastors and Church Staff
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Centrists like those at Third Way and the bipartisan authors of the Simpson-Bowles report endorse a menu of incremental cuts and reforms that would bring down costs without hitting the needy or snatching away the security blanket from those nearing retirement. They include gradually raising the retirement age to compensate for the fact that we now live, on average, 14 years longer than when F. They include obliging those of us who can really afford it to pay a larger share. They also include technical fixes like aligning the automatic cost-of-living formula with reality. To curtail the raging inflation of health costs, the government could better use its market clout to hasten electronic record-keeping, replace the fee-for-service model, reform medical malpractice laws and promote living wills.

A quarter of health care spending comes in the last year of life. We should stiffen the spines of our politicians, and push lobby groups like A. And, by the way, we should resist the boomer temptation to take every cent of the reform from the pockets of our kids. We should keep the heat on Congress and the president to double down on the cost-saving provisions in Obamacare. We may not be the greatest generation, but we are the largest — and we vote. We throw our weight around. What if we threw some of it in the right direction? Tell us what you think.

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As a leading edge boomer woman who went to seminary in my 40s, I am finding more and more opportunities for my gifts and passions in the area of the late life spiritual journey. Person of the Year. Most of us younger pastors feel extremely isolated, despite technology. View all New York Times newsletters. Please review your cart. I have gone just about as far as I can in an article without talking about myself.

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Many of those churches now have retired bivocational pastors. Do you think that is because the gossip is that the particular congregation would not be a good one to go to prior history of running off pastors, all elderly people, rural area in the middle of nowhere, bad leadership, mean members?

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From having read other blogs, I think that is a possibility. The ideas espoused in certain seminaries are conflicting with the ideas present in many congregations. Also, there are plenty of women attending in seminaries these days who are quite competent. I became a pastor in my middle forties. As I have grown into this role over the last twenty years I had seen some trends. One is that the young guns are highlighted in much of our denominational publications especially the books written on church growth and church health.

This sends a message to boomer pastors. Look at the church planters sponsored by us. So, there is a sense in which boomer pastors are encouraged to feel that they are being put out to pasture. If God called me to plant another church I would not hesitate. I believe with all of my heart that God always provides for HIs will to done. If Colonel Sanders could do it, so can you. So, go for it! Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ our lord and redeemer.

It is my hope that you are under good care of almighty Father above all heavens. Through spreading the wonderful lords messages through faith come from Gods messages. As a church pastor I could like to request you to come here in Kenya with your team so as to meet with my people and share with them as the Lord directs you. We also need you to teach us and to share with you much.

We are also a church which needs to have a founder because it started with a small fellowship and God is going on blessing it. I will be praying for you for the word that you have sped in the hearts of many peoples in our hearts and may the wonderful God blessing it through him we have everlasting live. I pray the Lord to assist you in what you do so as to bring His people to His kingdom. Looking forward to hear from you soon. Yours in Christ, Pastor Wilfred.

Thank you Larry! I am 73 years old and have come to the understanding that God has a purpose for every life he calls. However, in my experience, I have noticed that unless the pastors know me personally, they see me as a has been.

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But I am rewarded when pastors in my seminars start asking for copies of my presentations and ask me: Who did this presentation for you? Then I realize that I must keep on doing what I am doing until the Master calls me. I will turn 65 next month. I formally did mission work in Latin America for over 30 years. In the end I discovered that the group I belong to was a cult. But I threw out the bathwater and kept the baby and have continued Continued my life with the Lord. Today I believe that I am much stronger.

I feel that I am being called to be a pastor. Yes, even at I would greatly appreciate input As to what would be the most efficient way for me to get into the ministry. Brother Thom: I am so thankful for you and your ministry to local churches and pastors. Thank you for caring so much for both. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! It is not only that older pastors are reaching retirement age; most churches will not even look at an older minister. M and OO7 were just not with the times and should think about retiring. When Bond meets the new young Q there are two lines that are quite revealing.

The foundational churches in the current trend are going to get older before they get younger. Are they just suppose to retire?

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How can pastors turn these challenges into opportunities? Are there any retired pastors reading this who can give the rest of us pastors tangible examples of proactive transitions that have worked for you? I personally hope that 6 is the most prominent of all of the implications and ultimately outweighs the rest.

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If boomer pastors and church staff are actively and urgently working to raise up a new generation of leaders, it seems to me that most of the other implications would be mitigated significantly. My prayer is that local churches will take it seriously and begin to help facilitate that trend.

Why settle for mere tolerance when we can have unity? Boomer pastors should take the initiative toward mentoring and encouraging Millennial church leaders, whether they are pastors or lay-leaders. If significant leadership roles are being given to members in their s now, there will likely be less friction for all when a younger pastor tries to lead the church later.

As a baby boomer pastor. Born and with 37 years experience in ministry I have reflected for some time on the issues you raise. I see a need for the experience I have especially as I understand the old paradigm even as I must now minister in the new paradigm that has replaced Christendom. But frankly, I am tired. Tired of endless meetings, insular congregations, the worship wars and ministry between the paradigms. I long for Simple Church! I long to see spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines to become a part of modern day discipleship and I look for a return to prophetic ministry without all the political overtones of our day.

So many of the things we call ministry today are informational rather than transformational and I believe that the church has oftentimes laid aside the one thing it can uniquely offer the world — the hope of the gospel. Your longings reflect the sentiments of many of us Neal. May we join together to pray for that day. Just an observation of my church, and baby boomers. I have noticed a distinct difference between older and younger baby boomers. Especially those older than 63 and those younger.

The reluctance of that group to change is causing a decline in attendance. We need to be willing to accept quidance from a younger generation who have a close walk with Christ. I have learned a great deal from our pastor, and other leaders in the 35 — 50 age bracket sometimes even younger. We need to respect others who speak the gospel, no matter what the age.

I am in the younger than 65 yo baby boomer group. As a young pastor that works with a lot of young adults, the younger generation believes older pastors have a difficult time relating to their family and life situations.

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We donot need them to stop sharing their wisdom but we can reach our generation more effectively because of our knowledge about our culture. Then they call a boomer to lead them. Maybe we need to buy aging churches some church growth books written by Rainer:. Why are Gen X leaders, pastors, and members habitually left out of this discussion?

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Primarily because they are the two largest generations by far. Thus more research has been done on them. Maybe those entering the ministry could consider making their first calling their last. Sit in that position for 45 years. Build influence that causes your congregation to trust your leadership at any age. I am a bi-vocational pastor at a work. I have worked hard and long to mentor men to take my place bi-vocational pastoring takes its toll.

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There is wisdom and Biblical depth that can be profited from even if the perspectives and methods are different. Hi Tom, I read with interest your comment Many have a strong desire to mentor younger…I am not sure that in our experience at churches in rural south have pastors that exhibit this. My husband and I see pastors who are afraid and territorial. I do not see conventions that work on bridging this gap. I am sad for what I see and hope that there will be a bridge and soon. I posted something earlier around 5 pm, but now I realized that the office might be closed.

Ministry is a calling and therefore does not have a retirement age! However, boomer pastors and churches need to have a vision that bridges the gap between being the frontline minister and becoming a shepherd, evangelist, and disciple. I see it time and time again where ministers have given years to dynamic ministry and just quit. Unfortunately for this to happen a church is going to have to commit financially to bringing on a understudy, and have a vision for what this would look like over the next five years.

Let the older minister actually be a Senior Minister who guides and mentors the next person.

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I would love to do this; however, most churches do not want to make that commitment. This is already working in most churches today. There is also a word of caution here for most churches considering a younger minister; all these ministers and more grew up in church work. They have experience beyond their years. One other habit they have is that they have found a network of pastors to mentor them. He regularly filled in for pastors on vacation or for churches without pastors.

He also was there to advise his pastor or deacon board when called on. He regularly visited shut ins and those in the hospital. He also, continued teaching his family, which I miss greatly. One of the few practitioners that I know addressing these issues within the church is Dr. Amy Hanson. I attend a church led by a 68 year old pastor who has been there for 38 years.

These are things he has said at various times. Since he passed the 65 year threshold 3 years ago, our attendance has fallen from down to