Written By Teresa Goodnight

We had a fair critique of the March magazine. “Some of the print fonts in the Community Spirit Magazine are very hard to read…I know my vision is not what is used to be (I am almost 70), but I enjoy reading the magazine.” Nancy Kopper. So, we told Nancy we would ABSOLUTELY get rid of the tiny fonts. We actually agreed with her when the print came out. We were so wrapped up in content that we just didn’t pay enough attention! Thanks again Nancy!!!

There are also some pretty neat things about the younger folks coming in with ideas and changes. For one, have you downloaded the “YouVersion Bible App” yet? It’s maybe the best app out there for your phones and iPads. Aside from having about every translation of the Bible available, the app will actually read you your Bible from your device.

I listened to Daniel in the car just this week in fact! You can listen to God’s word while you work out, while you take a nice walk, while you sit in a lovely park taking in the lovely scenery God created.

Nancy—That’s our little tip for you since you were so kind to give a tip to us! Thanks again for speaking up. It may not have felt like much, but God used you to help inspire a whole article—and hopefully many others who read it!

We had a fair critique of the March magazine. “Some of the print fonts in the Community Spirit Magazine are very hard to read…I know my vision is not what is used to be (I am almost 70), but I enjoy reading the magazine.” Nancy Kopper. So, we told Nancy we would ABSOLUTELY get rid of the tiny fonts. We actually agreed with her when the print came out. We were so wrapped up in content that we just didn’t pay enough attention! Thanks again Nancy!!!

Nancy’s suggestion actually made me think about the plights of aging. It’s a bit overwhelming at times. My husband and I sit around trying to figure out who feels the oldest somedays. I’m always certain he wins. I don’t fight hard for that victory. We’re still hanging around in our forties. We hope those battles continue until we’re old enough to not hear each other complaining.

In all seriousness, aging has its challenges in every arena. Our bodies don’t want to work like they used to work—or rather, like we are used to them working. Stairs. Driving. Networked thermostats. We’re all facing change at a rapid pace in most every aspect of our lives. DVRs. Computers. Tiny cell phones. Ugh. Just as soon as I have one device down—someone brings out a new one. When my mom’s credit union switched to a new computer system, she wanted to retire right then and there. She stuck it out. Figured it out, but wow. If you could have heard the complaints along the way. She just felt too old to learn something new. She wasn’t of course, but the changes these days are so rapid—it feels like everyone is out to make life a little more difficult rather than easier. Wouldn’t it just be nice if a few things stayed the same?

The one place where we feel we should get to see a little consistency is in our churches. However, with the drive to reach Millennials, even there, we sometimes just don’t feel like we fit as we did before either. I’m sure I could get a big amen out of the crowd if I were on a podium and mentioned new styles of worship, new younger leadership and pastors in skinny jeans (who in the WORLD invented those things?). So how do you adjust even in the one area you grew to love at your church home?
Embrace and encourage it. Yep. I know. You were hoping with all of my heartfelt sympathy I might go in a different direction. The thing is—YOU are needed in your church. YOU are a Biblically trained, disciple of Christ, who has been fed and nurtured for possibly decades. The church ABSOLUTELY needs seniors to invest back in the next generations. A couple I know started a Life.Group, where they mentor younger couples. They embraced the change, modified, and took on a needed role in a much younger church community. My mom? She’s now retired and greeting at Sunday morning and Monday evening services at Life.Church. She hosts the same door week over week using her God-given ability to carry on a loving conversation with a wall. She still steers clear of the computers when possible.

At a Tulsa Women’s Fellowship luncheon, Kim Pence, President said, “Ted Robertson gave us some advice for the group. He said to do x, y, and z. If you know him, he’s not the kind of guy you can say no to easily.” Why? Because he’s a known Christian leader in the Tulsa community with incredible wisdom and ideas based on experience. Our community is hungry for those leaders to step up and share their ideas and insight. He knows how to help ministries succeed. He’s done it so many times.

Where else can you step in? You likely also know how to make sure the changes stay true to the Bible. Let me say very clearly, by NO MEANS should any adaptation cause any altering of what the Bible says or changing our stance on anything in the Bible. Be the strength and wisdom younger leaders need to make sure your church modifies but stays true to God’s word. That kind of wisdom and leadership is absolutely necessary as newer generations come into the mix. Discipleship itself isn’t some kind of new idea—Jesus kinda started that in the Bible. Pouring into the next generation is a critical piece of building the church on solid ground.

Churches have to adapt for the next generation, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for the pillars of the church (that’s YOU!). Step up and step in. Your wisdom, prayers, financial resources, ideas and everything you’ve been doing for possibly decades–God used your talents to bring the church where it is and He absolutely wants to use you to help lead in where it is going.

There are also some pretty neat things about the younger folks coming in with ideas and changes. For one, have you downloaded the “YouVersion Bible App” yet? It’s maybe the best app out there for your phones and iPads. Aside from having about every translation of the Bible available, the app will actually read you your Bible from your device.

Here’s how:
Go to the app store on your phone.
Search for YouVersion. (BTW—there’s YouVersion for kids
and it’s FANTASTIC).
Click to download it.
Click the app.
Click Read.
Click Versions at the top in the middle.
Pick a version with a sound sign beside it.
Press play at the bottom of the screen.

I listened to Daniel in the car just this week in fact! You can listen to God’s word while you work out, while you take a nice walk, while you sit in a lovely park taking in the lovely scenery God created.

Nancy—That’s our little tip for you since you were so kind to give a tip to us! Thanks again for speaking up. It may not have felt like much, but God used you to help inspire a whole article—and hopefully many others who read it!


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