I am convinced that we "seasoned" pastors have a wealth of experience from our successes and our failures, so we can be a resource to younger pastors. Likewise the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of younger pastors can invigorate older pastors. Since God is currently using both younger and older pastors in His Kingdom plans, it's a win-win when the two generations connect.
Recently Matt Rogers invited me to be part of a book project which could have significant Kingdom value in connecting younger pastors and "seasoned" pastors. The project was entitled UNITE and the subtitle was "Connecting Generations for Kingdom Expansion". The whole project was crafted to facilitate the connections between younger and older pastors. Each chapter has inspiration and practical help in making these connections. Since I am now one of the older guys, the chapter I wrote is about "seasoned" pastors connecting with younger pastors. I consider this connection to be a matter of stewardship. I believe those of us who have been at this for a while should steward our experiences and learnings to bless future generations of pastors, disciples, and churches. It is a Kingdom thing.
In writing one chapter of this book, I hope to inspire both older and younger pastors to consider making the connection for generations yet to come.
I also pray that I will be able to personally invest in others as long as I can. Or at least until someone says "Bless his heart". I know what that means! 8-)