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
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.