When I was young (and woolly mammoths ruled the earth), it was customary for churches to have “young men’s leadership classes,” in which the “young men” — being the teenage boys — were trained in how to be leaders in church. The classes typically covered: how to lead singing, how to lead a prayer, how to give a public talk, and how to lead and pass trays during the communion.
These have now largely gone out of fashion, and the older members have been known to complain about this. The younger members, of course, have no idea what they’re missing (or avoiding!) But I went through a couple of these classes, and I can now very effectively pass trays in the church.
Obviously, contemporary youth ministers and other leaders see little value in these classes. Then again, I’ll bet that smaller churches still do these, because they have a smaller pool of volunteers. They can’t count on finding a capable communion meditation leader unless they train one up. But that’s just my guess.
And so, dear readers — what do you think? Should we have training classes of this nature? Should we have them but improve them somehow? If so, how? Or should we figure than any community of 75 or more adults (the average church size) ought to have someone in it who can do these things without training?