Q: Our church is really trying to reach young people and families. I am neither. I agree we need to reach the next generation, but what about the spiritual needs of my generation?
A: A church should never look at their mission field with a “them or me” attitude. Our responsibility is to share the Good News with all people. That means reaching children, teenagers, young married couples, middle-aged adults, and seniors. Ensure that your church has ministries focused on meeting the needs of every age group, but be careful not to insist that one group gets all the attention. The church should always be reaching out and bringing in people outside the church walls. If you feel like your particular age group is being neglected, ask what type of ministry you can start to impact and attract others in your age range.
Q: We switched to an elder-led model a couple of years ago, but I haven’t noticed much difference. How do I raise the question without insulting the new elders?
A: The real question is what type of change, impact, or difference were you expecting? Was the reason for the change explained to the congregation, and now what was promised is not taking place? Rather than approach the elders, share your concerns with your pastor. Don’t complain about unmet expectations; rather, explain what you thought would change. Then let the pastor respond. It could simply be a timing, teaching, or training issue, and there might be something already planned that you are not aware is going to take place. Trust that your leadership wants what is best for the church.
Pat Pajak is IBSA’s associate executive director for evangelism. Send questions for Pat to IllinoisBaptist@IBSA.org.