While I agree with Robert R. Cooper’s comments that we should better serve our congregations’ senior members (April, "My View: Go with what you have: Swap youth director for senior director"), this won’t attract many young families. Research has shown that the family is by far the most influential in a child’s faith journey. Congregations need to equip parents to take the lead in faith formation. We need to seriously consider where Christ is leading us and what he wants us to do. Serving seniors is important but passing on the faith is prime. Let some of those seniors respond to God’s call and become youth and family directors. I did, at age 58. I protested I was too old, too tired, too uncool and too busy. But God refused to accept my excuses.
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