If a church wants to retain people in their 20's, she needs to rise to this challenge, made complicated by these three factors:
1) In many churches, the pastor does the only meaningful things
2) Many 20somethings stand unprepared to do much in the church
3) We don't know how to identify meaning in the mundane
The church needs to work on the first.
Campus ministry works on the second.
We can all work on the third.
This third thing - the meaningful in the mundane - makes all the difference.
Every student who graduates from InterVarsity can move chairs in the church. But most of them don't want to. They don't want to waste their time doing mundane tasks. (And let's face it, because they lack experience, they're usually doing mundane work in their 9to5's)
But I love moving chairs. I love doing these mundane things.
I love the nuts-and-bolts work because the Leatherwoods and my parents and Pete helped me see that this work matters. The infrastructure makes everything possible. And that makes the mundane meaningful.
And for 20somethings who can't do much (or won't be allowed to do much or don't have time to do much), we need to learn to see how our mundane work makes the "meaningful" work possible.
Maybe mundane work is a figment of our imagination.
Is there mundane work in the church?