There remains a growing trend, especially in SBC churches, to perpetuate local churches with only one generation present. On one hand, there exists the old, historical, local churches, but hard times and steady decline have left these once vibrant churches on the edge of closing. These churches typically contain long-time faithful members who are of the older generation.
On the other hand, there is this rapidly growing church planting movement where young, zealous church planters ready to set the world on fire for Jesus; name a city; study the type of young, professionals who are unchurched who live there; then set out to plant a church in that city; in a certain busy location; target with their promotion a certain demographic of person; driven by cutting edge worship services and technology. These churches most always gain that group they target, often times multi-cultural, and they are almost always of the younger generation.
In an amazing irony, it seems the most zealous, faithful, and hard-working of those in the older and younger generations agree on something—one of their biggest hindrances in the growth and ministry of the local church is the other. In other words, the most common ground in these kinds of single generation local churches is they both are convinced they don’t need the other.
I want to submit to you that the Bible gives a very different design through the Apostle Paul as he writes to his young protégé, Titus and is seen in how these new churches in Crete are to be established. My intent is to demonstrate through a few future posts, that the book of Titus provides a blue print of that which many are fighting against…the multi-generational church.
I welcome any feedback or thoughts you might have on this post or any future posts that will address this great concern I have that I sense many are largely unaware of or unconcerned about.