Wednesday, April 9, 2008

An Unfortunate Generational Divide

Over the past week or so I have been working on a message for the congregation for this Sunday that is entitled; "No Longer and Not Yet" looking at the nature of the church in our contemporary context. One of the things that I have come to realize is that there has been a growing fragmentation of the Church. Hard-line traditional churches have become the almost exclusive domain of the "Builder" or "Greatest Generation." The mega church and/or the contemporary church have become the almost exclusive domain of the "Boomer" generation. And the emergent church has become the almost exclusive domain of the postmodern generation. In our effort to the find the church that scratches our worship itch we have failed at the essential task of become the Body. We have fragmented and fractured to the point where the three generations that walk our streets that claim to share the same faith are rarely in places where they study, fellowship, or worship together. It is our loss. Each generation brings something to the table that can help to stretch and grow the others. I believe we were intended for more. I hope our congregation is willing to do the hard work required to be the kind of family of faith that could truly impact our community.

Tomorrow: Our Generation's Worship Heresy.

Grace and Peace, Tom

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