Our hunger for the Lord and our desire to truly follow Him has taken my husband and me through several different traditional congregations. There have been many reasons for this, the primary one probably being that leadership in several of these have focused on goals or ideas that cannot be found in the Bible. With one notable exception, another common thread has been the obvious exclusion of input from brothers and sisters over 40. Of course there is a surge right now to reach young people since they are the generation who many believe will be here when Jesus returns. That's right and proper; it's always right and proper to encourage young people to encounter the Lord and grow in intimacy with him. However, older believers quite often have real wisdom to impart. Scripture exhorts the older to teach and mentor the younger; but how can this be if seniors are not only not encouraged to make input, but are sometimes purposefully excluded?
My husband and I live in an area where there is no expression of simple church, so we cannot say how it is in a simple church or non-traditional gathering of believers. But those of you who are blessed to be in such a situation -- do you find this to be an issue? What has been the contribution and/or the usefulness of your over-forty brethren? Do you have difficulties or challenges in getting a wide range of ages in those who gather with you? We would love to hear what your experience has been in dealing with "elders".