The Generation Gap Among Christian Women
With great respect and honor for past ministries, what we know as mentoring should be rethought. If younger women are more likely to serve as leaders, we need to listen to them and not mislead them by the way we are living. Apparently, they are watching us and waiting for our initiative and pursuit.
Even though this conversation can sound familiar – the younger generation leaving the church, them loving Jesus but not the church – the actual skill of mentoring the next generation of Christian women requires practical knowledge
Today in Babylon, you and I are church. Living a "reverent life" (Titus 2:3) means we pay attention to the women younger than us in the faith. We boldly invite one or two into our lives to meet twice a month for a little more than an hour, and we ask good questions, reveal our pain, and refuse to shift our eyes when we hear something we cannot relate to… like being a vice president of a company at 24 or having multiple sexual partners because they were lonely. The honest and humbling truth is that as a relationship like this one grows in the protection of a safe place, we, the older generation, will grow exponentially in our faith as they are more likely to teach us about Jesus Christ and His Will for this world than the way we've been doing Church in America.
Let's continue this conversation for the long haul. I see myself loving the younger women by writing this to you and representing them well. Join me?
Pam Lau is a writer whose work has appeared in Fulfill magazine and The Christian Scholarly Review (co-written with her husband, Dr. Brad Lau). Her first book Soul Strength, was published by Random House. She has taught writing at George Fox University, two other colleges and private day schools, She speaks regularly at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University's technical journalism department, Pam lives near Portland, Oregon with her husband and three daughters. She is currently writing her second book on the spiritual lives of women in the younger generation. Visit her website at pamelalau.com.