Last night I attended Kairos, a midweek gathering for 20 and 30-somethings in Nashville. In addition to the regular lineup of sermon and loud Chris Tomlin medley, the evening also included a testimony from an older lady about the Senior Link program.
This program connects young people from Kairos with “seasoned” adults in the church and helps them develop a one-on-one relationship. In her short talk, the Senior Link representative discussed meeting her “mentee” Shannon, their movie nights together, their long talks on phone and email (with Shannon teaching her to use instant messaging), and even their joint efforts to eat healthier. “We decided on a diet plan that works for both of us,” she shared. “I’m retired and have time, so we agreed that I would shop and cook and Shannon would eat and pay.”
What a fun and healthy example of Titus 2 and of Christian community in general. As I’ve written before, I’m skeptical of the enforced bonding and artificial community created by some small groups, but this kind of personal relationship, in which two people agree to do life together, really appeals to me. Although I am more blessed with female role models than most young women my age, I would benefit from participating in something like this, and I’m a little jealous of Shannon.