I have served as an interim pastor in 2 relatively young churches. Both have an attendance of nearly 1000 each weekend. One church was 6 years old when I came; the other church is 14 years old.
In both cases, the church chose to call a younger pastor to lead them into the future. Both of the called pastors were in their 30’s with young families. Both had significant ministry experience but neither had held long-term pastorates.
Which leads me to the question: Could a young church call an older man to be their senior pastor? Does a young church require a younger lead pastor?
If a church was 10 years old, would they need a pastor in the early years of their ministry to complete the vision and direction of the congregation? Or could you imagine a 10 year old church calling a pastor in his 60’s to lead them? Would that seem odd to you? It would seem odd to me.
But I think the converse is also true as well. A 200 year old church rarely calls a 30-something to be their senior pastor unless there is some extraordinary situation that requires them to do so. I contend that a historic church wants to match the historical image of their congregation with the leadership in the pulpit.
A younger congregation does the same thing. They want to communicate to their community newness and freshness which means they need a leader who portrays the same characteristics. It all seems so market-driven, but I think there is some reality to this.