Open Letter to those under 30
Dear readers born after 1979:
Thank you for taking the time to read this and to respond.
I am a pastor. Part of my job - a pretty large part - is preaching. I preach every Sunday to folks just like you who have taken the time to come to worship. And I enjoy doing it.
Here's my question: do you care?
Let me rephrase: does the preaching portion of worship "work" for you? Is it meaningful to you as a source of spiritual growth, encouragement, guidance etc.? Or is it the time of the service where you tend to "check out?"
I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on this. As a 42 year old, I tend to "learn" best through listening. Now, I do learn through observing and experiencing, but my learning preference is listneing to someone teach me what they know. Of course, I expect certain things from the one doing the talking: I expect that the communicator is educated and knowledgeable with regard to the subject matter; I expect that the communicator is passionate about the subject; I expect that the communicator can teach the material in a way that I can understand; and I expect that the communicator will lead me to a deeper appreciation of the subject matter, and a desire to learn more.
What are your thoughts? I am sincerely interested in whether you think preaching is a viable source of communicating the good news to your generation.