The chart below depicts the wave that we have seen coming for a while. It's now here. If you work in almost any field, you know this graph. As the Baby Boom generation (born 1946-1961) moves into their retirement years, we in the church are asking, what next? In New England, we've got three projects going:
1. A New England Synod Fund for Leaders designed to raise money to send the next generation of people through seminary. Like to make a donation?
2. We've started a Licensed Lay Ministry program for our smaller rural and urban congregations.
3. Fortunately, many of those retiring pastors still want to serve, but usually part time. This is a good thing.