Whether or not the stereotype is accurate, Sr. adults have gained a reputation for being the group of people in the church who are most opposed to change. I have seen plenty of exceptions to this, but in many cases, the stereotype has emerged for valid reasons. The truth is that rather than being the group who most opposes change, logic says that Sr. adults should be the group in the church who leads the charge in championing change. Here are 4 reasons why.
1- They should be the most spiritually mature.
Those who have been saved the longest should be the most spiritually mature. Those who are the most spiritually mature should be the most willing to overlook insignificant issues that don’t align with their personal preferences. To put it plainly, Sr. adults should be the most mature and, as a result, the most willing to welcome changes that may not align with their personal preferences, but help the church accomplish its God-given mission.
2- Many of them have seen family leave the church.
Why do younger people leave churches? While there are times this is caused by deeper spiritual issues, the truth is that this often happens because a church has turned its focus inward, refusing to reach people. Often these churches have become social clubs that highlight their own preferences rather than highlighting the need to reach others.
The sad reality is that many Sr. adults have seen members of their family leave the church for these very reasons. As a result, they should understand what is happening, and desire to refocus the church onto its mission. When they willingly do this, they will see less people leave.
3- They should best understand what is at stake.
Those who have been saved the longest should be the most focused on the gospel and understand what is at stake when people reject the gospel. Sr. adults should best understand that eternity hangs in the balance. That reality should drive Sr. adults to champion the cause of reaching people with the message of Christ — even if it involves making changes.
4- They should want to ensure the church’s mission is accomplished for years to come.
Many Sr. adults have spent years investing in their church. The truth is the church owes them deeply. These Sr. adults sacrificed for the church, served in the church, prayed for the church, and gave to the church.
Those who have invested so much should most want the ministry of the church to continue for years and years to come.
I am not talking about changing a doctrinal or biblical position. I am not talking about making changes that compromise the gospel. I am not talking about changes that are inconsistent with who God is or what God says in his word. I am talking about changes that further the mission of the church.
Sr. adults should be cheering on these changes, supporting these changes, and investing in these changes. They should be leading the charge for change so that they can see the mission accomplished.