Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Boomers and Builders
It is estimated that over 100 million people over 45 are alive today in the USA. Here is Greater Cincinnati, there are about 860,000 of these folks and they are a low hanging fruit for any church that would like to have them among the parishioners.
Folks over 45 or 50 are thinking differently than we did at 15, 25 or 35. We have hit Mid-Life and either made it into a crazy experience of adolescence or the opposite and starting obsessing about getting old. These issues tend to get us thinking about eternity and meeting our Maker.
It is estimated that some 60 to 70% of this cohort is un-churched, de-churched or church alumni. Despite that fact, many would like to return to church and are waiting to be asked.
Here is the sad fact; nobody is asking them to go to church with them. They want to be invited and they want something that is spiritual and strong and good but no body is saying, "Why not visit with us at church this Sunday?"
People invite me to golf and to lunch but not to church. What's up with that?