In the movie Skyfall, the 2012 James Bond film, we see a certain move back to the, "old ways." It becomes almost a refrain throughout the movie. The ending becomes just shy of a new ways vs. old ways, and the old ways win.
In many ways I feel the church should be at the forefront of this. We have a lot of things that are done in the church in which we have abandoned the old ways, and it would be nice to see some of them come back. On the other hand we have some things within the church that were never abandoned, but we often times fail to teach the next generation.
Now to be fair, not all, "old ways" need to come back. Some of them were abandoned for a reason. Let's not forget that an out house, is an, "old way" but I think I'll stick with indoor plumbing. However, others were abandoned not because a better way came about, but because a cheaper, faster way came about. With that cheaper, faster way, we also got lower quality. On top of all of this, I feel that we did away with a lot of other ways of learning in the church. When you sew the church linens yourself, it is important to understand colors and symbols, when you buy them from a catalog your pastor or secretary can make sure the correct ones are gotten without any conversation.
Each church does things just a little different, each church has their own traditions and methods in how they do things. Search through some of them, what are some of the things that you abandoned due to convenience? My guess, there are some things that were abandoned that could very easily come back. There are probably other things as well, things that will take people that are skilled. If you are fortunate enough to have those people within your church, it might be nice to ask them if they would be willing to teach others.
As people, as a church, I feel we are blessed with all kinds of people. People that really love getting into a book, people who love to work with their hands, people who just love their church. There are so many ways both old and new to get involved, I hope that as we move into the future that we also keep and eye on the past. Sometimes we could look at all the new ways, but sometimes, the old ways are better.