A younger generation is absolutely essential to keep a church alive. Think about what this means when it comes to the atmosphere of the church and service.
Traditional hymns do not attract the young(though we do still sing them at my church, we also mix in modern music.. and we have an electric guitar, and acoustic, a drum set, and a piano... the drums being manned by a 16 year old).
Our pastor also happens to be in his early 30s and is my former youth pastor, which took a while for the older generation to accept but the church has come to realize this guy knows what he’s talking about.
Sorry, but a bunch of overweight middle aged moms and dads playing bad music poorly is not all that attractive to the “younger generation”.