Here are Bob Lefsetz’s predictions for 2015.
My favorite is:
14. Baby boomers will continue to run the music business. No significant change will happen until they retire, which is at least a half decade off.
Applied to the church, I’d say it this way:
Baby boomers will continue to run the church. No significant change will happen until they die (or get too old to care), which is at least a half decade off.
In the music business, I get it. Those damned Boomers have spent their whole lives waiting for the payoff in control of the money machine. In church, I don’t.
The founder of our movement, a working stiff (carpenter), told us two things about just this sort of situation:
- Don’t lord it over each other when you do get your hands on the levels of the machine.
- If you want to keep your life, you’ll lose it.
This isn’t complicated. Church Booomers can’t have it both ways. Talking to them, I hear them wanting simultaneous things happening:
- Keep this church exactly like it is. (I like it this way.) &
- I want you (younger generation) to come right now.
The youngers have shown they’re not interested. They’re voting with their feet and those feet aren’t coming into your church. So you’re left with two options:
- Stop complaining about their ‘not coming’. If you want to keep it like it is, fine. It’s America. Nobody is forcing your church to change. But you do have to stop complaining. You want it your way. Cool, keep it that way. But you don’t get to complain about their no-shows.
- Try something and see if the no-shows show up. As a mentor used to say to me,
“Jeff you can’t look at that problem and have it stare back at you, or you can try to do something about it.”
Lefsetz is right, nothing’s gonna change for a while. But it should would be nice if it did.