Recently Read:The Issue of Age in Modern Worship

worship-leader-purpleManuel Luz isn’t United Methodist, but serves as the music and worship pastor at the Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA. However, he recently wrote a blog post that piqued our interest about modern congregations “retiring” their worship pastors in favor of folks who are younger and hipper:

The dirty little secret is that, in an effort to create more attractive services, some churches are actually looking more and more like the high school cafeteria. There is the Cool table, the Nerd table, the Jock table. No one wants the uncool guy or gal sitting at their table. At least, not on the worship team table.

What are we modeling when only “cool” people lead worship? What are we really valuing when we quietly retire those “mature” musicians? And what are we saying to the ever-growing older segments of our congregation when we put an unspoken age limit on those on stage? Are we valuing and serving and empowering them? Where do we model generational relationships and mentoring? How are we loving the people who are already in our midst? What are we really gaining when a church stops looking like the Church?

via The Issue of Age in Modern Worship | Adventures in Faith & Art.

Of course, you can click on the link above to read the full article.

How have you experience ageism in the church? Is this trend limited solely to independent, contemporary congregations, or have similar things been happening in United Methodist Churches? Or, is the issue reversed in our communion (with an older average population), with younger folks being pushed out in favor of leaders with “experience”? Your thought on this?

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This article offers a helpful perspective on worship. Our worship is contemporary, with Holy Communion weekly. We have a worship team with a full band. Several years ago we recognized that it is important to have multigenerational leadership. The age range of our worship team spans from several teenagers to our bassist who is 61. Our worship team is also multiethnic/racial as well. We desire diversity in our community and model this in our leadership.

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