#7: Take a look at this mug.
Dennis is ______ years old. His AARP card is in transit as I type. In fact, he’s so old he’s wearing a red Cosby sweater as I type.
But here’s the GREAT thing about ministry. Even as old as he is, Dennis is still considered ‘young’ and ‘innovative.’ It’s true and born out by attending any clergy meeting or conference where you’ll see a sea of white hair and members only jackets.
I know you think I’m exaggerating but its fact. Well over half of all United Methodist clergy are between the ages of 55 and 72. 72! The median age of a UM clergy person is 55- the highest that number has ever been.
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing over how the United Methodist Church is an aging denomination, with an average age near 60 in the pews.
But Dennis points out the upside of these trends. Compared to other clergy and to congregants, I will be considered ‘young’ for a very long time, even when I am old. And that’s got to be one of the best things about being a pastor.