I sit here on a very cold morning and am very much aware that I have friends living in much colder places. I am also aware that the days are getting longer and the spring temperature will soon return. Just knowing those facts gives me the right amount of encouragement to get moving. But something else is rattling around in my head that has me energized.
Just around the corner we will be our busy selves again. We will participate in the Hunger Walk, All Georgia, Lenten services, and a full slate of items every week in late April and all of May.
While that list of events always excites me; I am losing sleep over something else. This is not a nightmare but a busy mind that can’t just rest until I see it happen. There is no guarantee that my day dream will come true but I believe that I just might have tapped into to a vein of gold.
What is this gold I am talking about? I call it the NEXT GENERATION. About a year ago or less I was talking to Jim Clark, our church council fellowship representative, pondering who were the next Golden and Silver Group. The Golden and Silver Group was started years ago by some members in their 60’s. So what happened to that group who called themselves Golden and Silver? They are the octogenarians. I will return to that group later.
Yes, just as you have already concluded. I am now what was then Golden and Silver. But my generation has evolved into Men’s Night Out and Ladies Night Out. That is how we have developed without any planning or thought to fellowship.
So, if my generation has become something else, who is the NEXT GENERATION? Who are the 30’s, 40’s, and early 50’s? Well! I started looking around and they are where we were. They are standing outside Sunday school rooms, talking about issues with kids in elementary school and middle school, and running this way and that trying to balance family time, church time, and work time. They are who we were.
I am declaring this pastor’s letter as my declaration that we need to gather and support the NEXT GENERATION. If Star Trek can come out with a whole new set of fleet commanders, so can we.
What is my plan? I don’t have one. I simply have a dream. I see something that could easily be the future of our church. There is so much possibility here it scares me. It makes me lay awake at night. I have shared this idea with Kelli Robinson. If you read this and this fits your description, I want to hear from you. I want to support you. Sitting around talking to old people like me probably ain’t your thing. I understand. You don’t have to. YOU ARE THE NEXT GENERATION! Oh, Golden and Silver, we need to talk. What are you up to?
In His Service, Bob Mitchell