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The figures are undeniable. People are living longer. And they are living better, in both health and income. This increase in the ranks of those in the upper decades is changing much of society, including retail merchandising, health care, family finances, volunteering, transportation, public education, and, of course, the church.
The church has always included people of all ages among its members. The inclusion of a larger number in the upper ages would not be so problematic if the rest of society were not subdividing into niche publics. There are now two or three "youth" cultures in society, each of them almost out of touch with the others. So how can a congregation possibly serve several disparate publics at the same time? Most especially, what challenge does this represent for public worship?
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