Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry
by Holly Catterton Allen
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Pub Date 10 Jul 2018 | Archive Date 08 Feb 2019
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Abilene Christian University Press
Leaders in Christian communities are all asking the same question: How can we bring the generations back together?
InterGenerate addresses important questions of why we should bring the generations back together, but even more significantly, how we can bring generations back together. In this edited collection, ministers, church leaders, and Christian educators will find valuable, new generational theory perspectives, fresh biblical and theological insights, and practical outcomes backed by current research.
InterGenerate offers important guidance on topics including
- intergenerational spiritual disciplines,
- transitioning from multigenerational to intergenerational,
- new research that focuses directly on intergenerational ministry and offers practical outcomes to implement, and
- benefits of intergenerational ministry for the most marginalized generations.
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.
“InterGenerate is a veritable encyclopedia for those wishing to build capacity for the intergenerational church. These writers blend strong research with inspiring stories, and their solid biblical and theological foundations are embedded within ‘ministry-in-the-trenches’ experiences. Every church leader will find actionable wisdom in this collection.”
— Sydney Hielema, PhD, Faith Formation Ministries, Christian Reformed Church, Canada, and author of Deepening the Colors and Vivid
“Rather than living in isolated, peer ministry paradigms that no longer work, InterGenerate offers the church a bold, new vision of spiritual formation from cradle to grave. This book imagines the body of Christ as a series of intimate, joyfilled, intergenerational relationships.
— James Penner, Canadian youth sociologist and lead author of Hemorrhaging Faith
“InterGenerate signals an exciting and important shift in conversations around ministry for youth, children, and congregational care. Many of the authors have been on the front lines, working to shift congregational attention to an intergenerational focus. There is a lot to learn in these pages.”
— Andrew Root, PhD, Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary, and author of Faith Formation in a Secular Age