Bridging the Generational Gap Between Pastors

Distinct generations are attending Christian churches across the nation, and while one commonality—faith in Jesus—brings them together, they may have different reasons for attending church, becoming involved, giving, serving and growing in Christ.

The American Pastors Network knows that the pastors of these churches are also from distinct generations. It’s for this reason that APN is embarking on a new initiative to bring together millennial pastors with those who have spent 20 or 30 years, or more, in ministry.

“Over the past several months, we leaders at the American Pastors Network have had a real heart, longing and passion to connect biblically faithful older pastors with biblically faithful millennial pastors,” said APN President Sam Rohrer. “We know that most older pastors do have a concern for their younger counterparts, but don’t necessarily know how to connect with them. And some millennial pastors know there is value in learning from the generations who went before them. Conversely, pastors who have been in the pulpit for decades realize they can also learn from younger pastors as well, such as about how millennials think and act, what they are looking for in a church and how they see themselves fitting into the culture.”

Rohrer added that APN will be looking for ways to “bridge the gap” between these generations so they can “stand in the gap for truth” together, such as mentoring experiences, events with relevant speakers and resources to help pastors share their knowledge with each other.

The APN president also said he has asked millennial pastors about their needs and found that APN’s “Stand in the Gap” radio ministry and the network itself are both helpful resources for both church leaders and congregations, especially as they consider the culture from a biblical and constitutional perspective.

2 replies
  1. Bob Tolliver
    Bob Tolliver says:

    I’m one of those “older” guys —- close to an “old geezer”, I guess with 61 years in ministry and still going. I’d love to link with some younger guys and learn from each other. Is there a mechanism in place yet to do that? I’ve spent years pouring my life and experiences into the lives of young men through my “Timothy Fellowship” groups both in Ukraine and in the U.S. We’ve even used what we called our “Skyble Study” using Skype to meet weekly over twelve time zones. I’m here, if someone needs me.

    • News Room
      News Room says:

      Thank you for your comment and interest in reaching out to the Millennial generation. We’ve forwarded your communication to our leadership team.


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