Needing advice or suggestions
I am a 32 year old Pastor serving in a 100+ member rural church. We have 4 Elders, 2 in their late 60's, 1 in his 70's, and 1 in his late 50's. Only 1 of them is actually qualified biblically to be an Elder. This church has little regard for being biblical in operations they operate more on the good old by system and if something upsets the main givers they cave.
I have attempted to work with the Elders to work on the spiritual apathy and have received no interest or support in this.
I have been in the ministry for over 10 years and grew up in church my whole life. I have worked with several Elders and built great ministry teams in the past. I have been here for over 2 years now, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to connect with these 4 men. We share little to nothing in common except the church in which we serve. And it becomes a hot-point of discussion whenever it is brought up.It is almost as if they just want me to preach on Sunday morning and turn a blind eye on Monday. I have even said this to one of them and he just laughed at the statement.
Do any of you have advice on what I can do to connect with them?