Why the Elders Believed it Was Imperative the New Pastor Lead GSCC to Reaching the Younger Generation
We trust you’ve been encouraged by the recent preaching and communication regarding the urgency of reaching the younger generation. As reported, they are leaving the church more quickly than ever before, although the departure of youth leaving the church in America has been building in urgency for more than 20 years.
While most churches and attendees agree on the need and vision to reach them with the gospel truth, it becomes more challenging to reach this demographic while releasing our own preferences and the styles we’ve grown accustomed to. But isn’t that similar to a normal family as they age and go through cultural changes?
As elders, we identified this as one of the core callings for our new lead pastor when we began the search process with the Vanderbloemen Search Group over a year ago. It was clear that God had called us to reach all generations while putting a renewed focus on the young. We defined this in our lead pastor search process by stating “The Lead pastor will help further the vision and ministry framework of the church, assist with the spiritual development and care of its existing members, and aid in its ability to impact the communities surrounding Boring and Gresham.” In addition, we set key focus on “evangelism energies, maturity of the current church body, and attendance of the younger generations.”
These truly are exciting times of ministry impact for us at Good Shepherd and we are excited with the recent launch of this vision by Bob and the leadership team. We are also encouraged by the outpouring of love, service, giving and joy you have demonstrated as a body during the past few months of transition. Please continue in prayer and support of this specific calling for GSCC while reaching out to your family, friends and neighbors, who all need the truth of God’s word and the good news of the gospel in their lives.
God bless each of you,