This young friend should congregate because he and his family are needed. But for this reason to be a motivation, he needs to be given something to do and be responsible for that HE finds meaningful and worthwhile. The specific intersection of his abilities and values and the needs and programs of the congregation and community must be found and stimulated.Otherwise, the only real choice is to wait 20 years until he does see something that he can get out of congregating with the congregation.
Maybe Paul, but he is a guy with his hands full. He may put it off 20 years, it ever.
Bill,I've been thinking on this since you asked. I think the short answer is: we congregate for lots of reasons, and when we congregate to express the religious facet of our life, it is to get structure and support for our own religious exertion from a community. We can get access to a deeper memory and wisdom in congregation than we can merely on our own.That said, now might not be the time for your friend. I've certainly been on both sides of the fence in my life...
Thanks for reflecting on this one for us. We did do a nice naming ceremony at Church for this fellow's child, and he is very young so I think in time he may come around and see the value you've suggested here.
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