Monthly Archives: January 2010

Generational Differences in the Church Causes Conflict

An article about generational differences in the church caught my eye recently.  It seems that the young pastor’s communication style is causing disconnect with the older members of the congregation.

The question posed was “Our church just hired a pastor who is young enough to be the child of many members.  His language about ‘the emerging church’, ‘post modernism’ and ‘interfaith dialogue’ distresses older members.”

The result is unhappy constituents in the church.  The communication style and words used by the young pastor is causing sparks to fly and a disconnect between the generations.    Older members have trouble understanding what he means by “the emerging church” and the terms he uses makes them turn away from his sermons.

Michael Clingenpeel, pastor of River Road Church believes that the young pastor is responsible for the words he uses to encourage change.Continue Reading

Moving from Generation ME to Generation WE

Admittedly, there were some positive aspects of creating videos for fun, but meanness, bullying and showing off was off the charts this decade. The decade was filled with incidents where the good Samaritans were scarce. If they helped at all, they did so *after* they took a video of the incident.Continue Reading