Why do Intergenerational Ministry?
Much research shows that children & youth who are part of the wider faith community are more likely to feel a part of their faith community. Bringing the generations together benefits children, youth & adults at all ages & stages of life. The relationships that can be developed across the generations are beneficial for all.
“The clearest way of learning to be Christian is to participate with others in the practices of being Christian.” p24 Generations Together (Amedi, Merhaut & Roberto)
The Bible talks about being in community:
- Deut 6
- Deut 29:10-12
- Ps 78
- Ps 145:4
- Joel 2:16
- 1 Cor 12
What do we mean by Intergenerational?
“Simply put, it is ministry that focuses on connecting multiple generations in faith-forming relationships cultivated through times of corporate worship, intentional discipleship, and ongoing mentorship.” Christina Embree
“two or more different age groups of people in a religious community together learning/growing/living in faith through in-common experiences, parallel learning, contributive-occasions, and interactive sharing.” James White, quoted p117-118 Generations Together
Looking for ideas for Lent or Easter that bring different ages together or ideas for Faith at Home? We’ve collated a range of resources which are available on the Lent/Easter Resource Page. There are also ideas for the 50 days of Easter.
Lent/Easter is a great time to help households easily add a faith element to what they are already doing. We want to support you as you support and encourage the people in your congregation during this season.
More intergen zoom sessions coming soon!
- The InterGenerate Conference and Children’s Spirituality Summit Online – May 24 -26, 12pm – 5pm Central Time (A good chance to join in these 2 combined international events as its online and affordable)
- Intergenerate Australia & New Zealand Conference – July 27 & 28 – 3 venues, including Brisbane or online (main sessions only) –
Input from Dave Csinos (CAN), Cory Siebel (CAN) and Tammy Tolman (AUS)+ Workshops and Experiential sessions to inspire and equip you.
Curious Creatures, Wild Minds: Children’s Literature & Faith Session
“When a book that makes no claim to be “churchy” or “religious” reveals a world of faith, hope, and love; of humility and courage; of sacrifice, grace, and resurrection; or when it exposes sham and injustice – then we challenge our children to discern in the daily realities of their lives and the private workings of their dreams some of the patterns that are at the heart of the gospel. In so doing, we are helping to give them a found of faith and trust, an openness to the hidden working of God in creation, a reserve of moral strength, that is likely to outlast adolescent questioning far better than a mere collection of inspirational stories, doctrinal formulations, and flat-out moral imperatives.” p194 Offering the Gospel to Children by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard
Watch the video to explore what we can learn about faith from children’s literature and how we can use children’s literature in ministry. You can watch this video by yourself or watch & discuss with an intergenerational group and pause to share you favourite children’s book at the appropriate point in the video.
Below is handout with resources and links that are mentioned in the Children’s Literature & Faith Video:
The CTM has a number of other free Engage Together Resources for various seasons of the year or different parts of the lectionary cylce.
Communion Storycine – Based on Luke 22:10-24 these slides using plasticine characters to share about the last supper and communion.
InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry – Holly Catterton Allen
InterGenerate addresses important questions of why we should bring the generations back together, but even more significantly, how we can bring generations back together. An exciting and distinctive aspect of InterGenerate is the vast diversity of voices men and women ranging in age from millennials to baby boomers, representing multiple countries and over a dozen denominations all seeking ways to become more intentionally intergenerational in their outlook and practice. The Centre for Theology and Ministry has “taster” handouts for each chapter.
Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship – Holly Catterton Allen & Christine Lawton Ross
A good overview of what Interegenerational Christian Formation is. This books shares the biblical, theological, theoretical & social sciences support for Intergenerational ministry practice. It then delves deeper into Intergenerational Christian Practices including worship, learning experiences, story sharing, service & missions; and small groups. Having both the theory and the practice makes it a very valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore intergenerational ministry for their context.
Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating & Serving Faithfully – Kathie Amidei, Jim Merhaut, and John Roberto
Faith is transmitted from generation to generation in extended families and intergenerational congregations. Every congregation can discover its intergenerational heart and soul, and become an intentionally intergenerational community that nurtures the faith of all ages and equips them for living as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. This book includes a congregational toolkit for becoming intentionally intergenerational.
Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 leading congregations from different denominations and geographical places, Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults. It profiles innovative churches that are engaging 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result are growing–spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Packed with both research and practical ideas, Growing Young shows pastors and ministry leaders how to position their churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.