When I started my scientific career, we did not have e-libraries. Not even internet (yeah, I know I’m old…). Old scientist were respected and had an advantage because they had accumulated knowledge of what was done and published earlier. That changed with modern technology. Young scientists were better in searching information from the internet and faster in adapting the latest methods after these were published. Nowadays, young ones have better productivity than even the best scientists had during earlier generations, and are often more respected than the old ones. Knowledge of what happened more than 40 years ago is trivial.
A similar change is happening in agriculture. Old farmers have accumulated knowledge of which plants have produced best crops in the past, when has been the right time to sow crops, etc. As climate changes, this knowledge becomes trivial. Other plants give better crops, timing of sowing and harvest have changed, rules have changed, technology has changed as well as bureaucracy. Young farmers are more flexible and faster in learning the new tricks. Old ones may lose the game, especially if they stick to the traditional methods.
Have you noted this kind of changes within churches?