What is the secret of having a Church that has been in existence for 100 or 200 years?
What determines the longevity of any church? How many years has your Church existed?
50 years, 75 years, 100 years, l50 years, 200 years? Look around your Church. Do you see anyone 150 years old? Of course not. People do not live forever. People are born, they grow, they get old, then they die. God has prepared a place for our beloved Saints. This place is called Heaven. Therefore, there must be others coming behind them to keep the church alive. All ages are represented. There are children. There are teenagers. There are members 20, 40, 60, 80 years old. The older age group usually started in the church as children. They have been in church most of their lives. They started as Sunbeams and now belong to the Young In Heart group. We have programs for children. We have programs for teenagers. The 20 to 30 year old age group usually bring their children and teenagers to church. Next there is the 40 year old group. Once they discover they don't have children to take to church there must be a reason to continue. I have heard some people say " God is still here " - - - " This is the place
people come to worship God" - - - - " We do not need anything to keep them in our church ". If that is true look around your church. Where are the people who brought their kids to church for all the activities? We must do something to keep them in church or bring them back to church.
We need to concentrate on the 40 year old group. We can visit other churches to gather information concerning the 40 year old age group. There could be programs that we think might work in our church. We could take a survey in our own 40 year old group. We can find out what makes them tick. What are their likes and dislikes? Finally, we can use our older group to offer suggestions. They need to feel included. They need to know they are needed.
We must put our heads together. Every age group needs to be represented in church. What can we do to survive as a church?
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