Regardless of your political bent, New Yorker author, John Cassidy, has written an insightful article on Why the GOP Needs to Lose the Presidency for a 3rd Time.
Since 2016 seems decades away, I’m applying Cassidy’s points to my local church in 3 ways:
- Like the GOP, my local church has enough success (they’re keeping the lights on) at least in our town – for our time. The big world out there may be passing them by, but locally, there’s enough rationale to keep doing what they’re doing.
- They have little incentive to change their current ideology/practice (preach in a media-company type way, ignore evangelism except for the annual push/sermon series, pretend discipleship is being done by somebody else, etc).
- The pain of the crisis < the comfort of the status quo – still.
Last week, I watched Michael Beschloss, a presidential historian, on Charlie Rose and he said this:
The comparison of [any] current/recent president to FDR or LBJ is unfair. They both had huge majorities in both houses of Congress and they both had effective crises that gave their agendas legitimacy.
In my gig at Friday Harbor Presbyterian, we have:
- 7 families with teenagers – parents in their 40’s,
- 2 families with little kids – parents in their 30’s, and
- 0 families – parents in their 20’s.
My guess is the median age of our church is somewhere around 57. In 5 years, half the gray hairs I see on a Sunday will be:
- retired (read “moved and no longer part of FHPC”),
- in a rest-home, or
In 10 years there’ll be only a handful of them still attending and thus able to engage Generation X and Y.
My question is:
Why not now, before it’s too late?