1 Peter 5:1-3
1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
Every elder wants to say that you are supposed to respect them and I am not disagreeing. You should show them respect and listen to them. They have lived more life than you and have learned a thing or two about scripture that can help you. However, if the elders are setting back and not doing what they are supposed to do as an elder, they are failing at their job and have no right to complain about the newer generations being lazy. The elders are only following suite. Elders are supposed to live by example to teach and train newer Christians how to be christ like in the eyes of God. Elders where are you at? Are you going to keep sitting back complaining that the next generation hasn’t stepped up? Are you going to continue to complain that the younger generations know little to nothing about scripture? Get up and start being the example so they know how to act right. Stop ignoring them and start teaching them. Stop complaining about the problem. Start being the elders and fix them. You have set back to long elders. Wake up and get back to work.