Have you ever noticed that many churches of Christ have become an old folks home waiting the morgue to call? Let’s get real here. The church has slowly gotten older and the youth have fallen away. Has apostasy set in over the past 30 years or so? Just in the last 10 years the church has lost about 1/3 of its members world wide. Now its also true that denominations have also lost many members as well. However, I am not worried about those who would leave the Devil’s workshop, but I am concerned about those who would abandon the House of God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim 3:15).
In part, the fault I believe lies at the door of many churches. The aged have seized power and give no responsibility to the young. What is a young member to do if an aged man leads singing, when they too were called to sing? What is a young member to do if an aged men are teaching all the classes, when they too were called to teach? This admonition is sent out to the leaders of the church. If you have capable young men, allow them to grow and once they have grown, use them (2 Pet 3:18)! Don’t despise the youth of your congregations, because once you are gone it hopefully will be the youth to take your place (1 Tim 4:12). Pass on your responsibilities when the time is right, and allow them to sing, to teach, to preach, to wait on tables, to lead prayer, and eventually to lead.
Don’t wait until the morgue is packing you outside the door to your final resting place before you give up your responsibilities. Teach the youth well. Train them in the Word of the Lord. Allow them to have experience doing things with your observation, and then when the time is right (Long before you taken away) allow them to take your place. This is what Jesus did to his disciples (Jn 16:13 f; Mt 28:19,20) and it is what the apostles did for the churches they established. They taught them well and then turned them over to elders (Acts 14:23). They taught and commanded others to follow their gospel and doctrine (1 Cor 11:1 ff; 2 Thess 2:15 ; 2 Tim 2:2 f; 2 Tim 4:2-5). Remember, we are all replaceable, and we all need to know when our time has finished and another begins (2 Tim 4:7,8).