Why The Church Took a Pass on Boomers

“Even after several years, I’m still a guest here.” It wasn’t the first time I’d had this thought on a Sunday morning at church.

God knows I’d tried to plug into the life of the nondenominational church my husband and I had attended for more than three years. But one Sunday I had an epiphany about why I felt like a perpetual visitor. The insight came as I read the announcements for coming events. These included:

  • A Mothers of Preschoolers year-end luncheon
  • Information about a family campout
  • A plea for Vacation Bible School helpers
  • A plug for a men’s summer kick-off barbeque

I knew I was welcome to lend a helping hand. But the list underscored the fact that I was not in the target demographic for any of the upcoming church events. Families with children under eighteen were the primary focus of almost every church event beyond Sunday-morning services. [Read more]

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  • http://timfall.wordpress.com/ Tim

    Nice post, Michelle. I left this comment over at the linked site as well:

    I think another way of looking at what occupies the early adult years in our society is the emphasis on establishing a career, getting married and having kids. Not everyone hits all three, and some don’t do any of those. But these three are the markers of passage from adolescence to adulthood in our culture.

    The three aspects are easily identifiable and easily programmed for in all those activities you mentioned in your post, Michelle. How do you do the same for the amorphous passages we go through later in life? The answer to that question has largely escaped the church in America for decades.