Worship Planning: Generation gaps

I am privileged to have part of my worship team between the ages of 21 through 24.  The reason I say privileged, is because I have a great opportunity to help mentor these young adults into the great things of God.  I have been around the church circles most of my life and I have seen the generational gaps between the young and old.

Generational gap plainly means:  The difference of outlook or opinion between people of different generations.

Psalms 145 v 4 (NIV):  One generation will commend your works to another.

Psalms 71 v 18 (NIV):  Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation;  Your might to all who are to come.

From these scriptures we clearly see that each generation is called to learn from the foundations laid by previous generations.  Every generation is in need of each other to complete the work that God has called His body to complete.  We as an older generation must learn to respect the younger generation and their ideas and zeal for God.  It is the same for the younger generation to realize that the older generation has experience and wisdom behind their ages.

Hebrews 13 v 7 (NIV):  Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.

We have had a lot of disunity and mistrust between the generations.  Thus, this has caused a major separation.  Now, I do not mean that we are to dictate our younger generation but we all must come together for the working of the Lord.  We can learn from each other.  This is why I say it is an honor to help these young people on my team, adventure out into the things of God, and help give them boundaries to follow.  I have also learned that if I have an ear to hear them speak, then they will have an ear to hear me as well.  Do not expect instant maturity from your young people, but allow them to grow in time.

I leave you with 1 Peter 2 v 9 (NIV):  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.

We are a spiritual generation and it has nothing to do with age.  We are a generation(s) who will help usher in the Glory of God.

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    • Melissa PirtleMelissa Pirtle says

      I believe you may be asking about young adults who worship in the congregation? Sometimes it is can be hard to try to please every ones taste. This younger generation has a whole different taste in style and sound than the little bit older generation. I like to bring a mixture of styles for our team and church. The younger ones on my team will tell me, that’s a cool song and then at times they will say the older crowd will like that one. It helps to keep checking new sounds of worship out there and ask your younger generation what they think about the worship in your church. But remember we are not to be moved by what others think but what God wants for us. I have learned through my years of worship that I want everyone to join in but I know that is not always going to be the case. Just keep on pressing in to God and what he wants and he will show you what to do. Don’t be afraid to include the younger adults, ask them to send you some song samples that they would like to hear. I have done that with our young adults and I was surprised to hear the songs they brought me. For I have used several of them. And you can see how it made them smile that you chose a song that they liked. It is good to have different styles and sounds for God loves all music. If the anointing is there then people know it. Remember this, the younger generation just want God as much as we do but, they will sing it a little different.

      • Melissa PirtleMelissa Pirtle says

        I hope this has answered your question and was beneficial to you.
        Thank you for reading and asking.

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