Our local community is changing; an increasing number of adults closest to age 60 or younger are moving here, and our church is being intentional about ministry to this generation that follows our senior adult community. Many from this generation continue to work full-time and travel farther to work.
Our Church is changing: According to our church database, our church now has 25% people (members or regular attenders) who are part of the Baby Boomer generation. And this number will only increase.
Who are they? Baby Boomers have lived life differently since the day they were born, and they’re still doing it with the first ones already reaching their 65th birthday. Between 1946-1964 over 80,000,000 babies were born into the largest generation our country has experienced. Life as we had known it took some abrupt changes. Now, 65 years later, their influence is still just as strong as they approach retirement. They have been instrumental in the way our nation lives, and have been the driving catalyst for much of the change.
That’s why our church wants to reach out to boomers as we did in their early years in youth ministry, single adult ministry, and young adult ministry. Boomers will live longer than previous generations and will forge yet another stream that hasn’t been forged before. They embrace their pioneer spirit, and our church wants to help them harness all the benefits of living longer for God. Our goal is to assemble a growing team for this ministry, composed of boomers, and committed to bringing programs of interest, variety, and challenge to help boomers address issues of life as well as their spiritual journey.
As we look at the New Horizons ahead of us, we are aware of the following key concepts:
- Most churches, if they have an intentional outreach ministry, tend to gear it toward people who are like themselves. But relatively few churches are asking, “What can we do prayerfully and strategically to reach the next generation (people not like us)?
- Every church struggles with how to minister to younger generations.
- Baby Boomers and senior adults tend to be marginalized in churches, and feel irrelevant. They have amassed a lot of wisdom. These two generations are the most resource-rich segment of our culture. That means those resources need to be released, not only for the good of their respective generation, but also for those coming behind them.
- So our church is asking, “are we ministering effectively to these two generations and, secondly, are they effectively ministering to their own generation and those coming behind them?”