Started by D. Engebretson, April 20, 2023, 10:33:06 AM
Quote from: D. Engebretson on April 20, 2023, 10:33:06 AMRecently the news has featured a story about Sen. Dianne Feinstein's protracted absence in the Senate due to health issues. She is also 89 years of age. The New York Times, which reported on her continued absence on the judiciary committee, also noted that "she has also been suffering from a deterioration in her short-term memory and her ability to hold conversations for more than a year." Our current president is 80 years of age, and definitely shows signs of age. Rep. Nanci Peolsi is 83. I could add more. However, this thread it not intended to examine the 'age factor' for politicians. This is a discussion board primarily for religious issues, and I don't want to distract into that realm again. It is merely a segue to a discussion about how age should be factored in for church leaders, both local and national. I passed 62 in December and have begun to entertain the 'retirement question' as I look to the next few years. I have been in my current parish now for over 22 years. It seems that a transition after over two decades might be helpful, especially as I approach the quarter century mark. But I am not opposed to seeing church workers continue into their late 60s, 70s or beyond, as health allows. I certainly intend to do so. For one thing, the church needs it. My predecessor at my parish is now in his late 80s, and while he attends and participates in the life of the church on a regular basis, his ability to do his former work as preacher/liturgist is diminished due to health concerns. Back in early March the LCMS reported on the death of former District President Barrie E. Henke. He was 78 at the time of his death and had retired from is position only the year prior. I have no idea of the ages of the current DPs, but suspect that there are a few who are, as they say, 'up there' in age. To what degree should age be a factor in the continued active service of a church leader? This is certainly a sensitive topic and as I am qualifying for 'senior citizen discounts' I am not wanting to imply that age should necessarily be weighted too much. But it's been in the news for other areas, so I thought it might be relevant here as well.
Quote from: D. Engebretson on April 20, 2023, 11:20:18 AMTo what degree should we value age as it contributes to experience? Without the decades of experience held by our called workers, we would be greatly impoverished as a church.