The Is A Small Black Traditional Ame Church On A Poor Community With A Population Of 2231 People

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We are a small black traditional AME Church in a poor community with a population of 2,231 people. The congregation is made up of 95% elderly and 5% young. On the church role we have about 146 members; about 20 men, 60 women, and 3-10 young including teenagers are in attendance on a given Sunday. Being the pastor there for six years, I see a need for more young people participating and engaging in worship. I believe that the young people have a place and as well as the future of the Church. In Mark 10:13-16, 13“Then they brought little children (Jesus) to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it , He was greatly displeased and said to them, Let the little children come to Me,…show more content…
The Church falls prey to the idolatries and habits of our culture. Our society is already demolishing children’s minds and their consciences through many educational practices, the media, and the lack of parental guidance and discipline. Although Great music of past civilizations is rejected; language is lost in dumbing down of reading material and the news. Most of all, life is being destroyed by the loss of a sense of human dignity; by present attitudes about the value of children, the handicapped, and the aged: and by random violence of bored kids with too many guns and too much meaningless and hopeless poverty. We need some of the older songs mixed with the new and some of the hymns played in a newer version. Times have changed and the church though it will never change its principles has to change to reach the youth while not offending or ostracizing the elders. As I undertake this change, I realize that the prospect of setting old hymns to new music seems to fill a need with today’s young worshipers. The challenge is to bring young people into a sense of connectedness with the past that doesn’t rob them of their vision of the future. I understand and recognize that hymns to the youth can be seen as old-fashioned. However, the elders of the church were reared from it and appreciate and revere it more. It resonates to their times and struggles. To my elders, this is the only way to worship and changing it may make
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