Is your church ready for the boomer generation?
by Keith Lowry on August 8, 2017 in great commission
In 2011, baby boomers started reaching the ripe age of 65, at the rate of 10,000 per day, or approximately 4 million per year. This huge, growing wave of aging boomers will continue to grow and crest until 2029.
The impact this tsunami of aging boomers will have on every aspect of our society, including our churches, is seen in several stunning statistics, including:
In 2017, for the first time in American history, there are more people over the age of 50 than under 50.
From 2010 to 2030, just 20 years, the number of people 65 and over in this country will more than double, from 40 million, to more than 80
Baking Cakes – a recipe for discipleship
by Keith Lowry on August 18, 2016 in great commission
So, here’s the story. I have this friend. I’m only one of many friends he has. He’s a baker and makes the most awesome cakes. And ages ago, he gathered a bunch of his friends and sort of commissioned them to head out and enlist others to be cake bakers like him. It was a big deal, and that original group really got it! I mean, they were immediately baking cakes and enlisting others to bake cakes. The business grew exponentially.
But now, many years later, our group of cake bakers has sort of gotten off track. When we get together to talk about our enlistment and training program to develop more bakers, we tend to get bogged down... [continue]
It's all in a name: names and descriptions that work for Sunday School classes
by Keith Lowry on January 28, 2016 in great commission
I responded to a question from a pastor recently asking about how to select a name for and describe a new Sunday School class they were about to start for young married couples. The principles which informed my answer are universal, and may be of interest to anyone thinking about starting new units or renaming existing units in your Sunday School in order to help guests or newcomers be able to find a class that fits them.
"Pastor, regarding your question about a new class you're wanting to start targeting young married couples, and asking for some guidelines for describing and naming it."
First, unless your church has an active and... [continue]
Don’t Call Me Senior!
by Keith Lowry on July 29, 2015 in great commission
There was a day that one of the most creative outlets for the "Senior Adult" minister was the opportunity to come up with a cute name for the senior adult group at the church. Remember some of these? Triple L Club, Seasoned Saints, Keenagers, Ageless Wonders, Sizzlin' Seniors, Merry Makers, JOY Club (Just Older Youth - They always feel the need to explain that one to us … ), Hilltoppers, Fun-Timers, Ever-Ready Club, Prime-Timers, and so many more. I have dozens and dozens of these. Untold hours have been invested in coming up with cute little names for our cute little groups of seasoned saints.
Problem is, if you poll baby... [continue]
Life in the small lane: Small Group life
by Keith Lowry on March 10, 2015 in great commission
I'm a Sunday School guy. I mean, a REAL Sunday School guy. For years, I went to bat for Sunday School over small groups. I used to believe small groups were going to be the death of Sunday School one day. I fought tooth and nail for churches to hang on to Sunday School. I preached the evils of small groups.
And then I led one. Oops.
Our church, Fielder Church in Arlington, has grown so much that there was just no way to continue to support everyone in an on-campus class. There was not enough space, not enough hours in the day on Sundays, not enough acres in our site…it just couldn't be done. So now, we're at a place where... [continue]