But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. (1 Kings 12:8 NLT)
One of the reasons this transition between Pastor Ken and me will be successful is the integration of older advisors and younger advisors. It’s not one or the other.
Rehoboam was 41 years old when he became King and I am 42. The temptation for any new leader is to bring in his own advisors and only listen to them. What might have happened if Rehoboam had integrated the two groups? The younger advisors would have gained wisdom and the older advisors would have seen that their influence went beyond just one King.
Pastor Ken and I together created a Servant’s Council made up of older and younger advisors. They provide stability and counsel to both the present and future vision of the church.
Who are you listening to? A small group I attend is a wonderful mix of older and younger. My dad leads it and with him is an older couple that have served many years on the mission field. Their two daughters and husband attend as well. The other day one of the younger husbands commented how amazing it is to have the wisdom of my father and this missionary.
We need each other. One of our church values is: Age is Beautiful. Which age? Every age. Does your life display this value?