Engage All Generations
A Strategic Toolkit for Creating Intergenerational Faith Communities
by Cory Seibel
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Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 23 Nov 2021
Abilene Christian University Press & Leafwood Publishers, Abilene Christian University Press
Engage All Generations suggests how every church can build on its potential and become a more vibrant witness of God’s Kingdom. Divided into three sections, the book focuses on key growth edges in the unfolding conversation about intergenerational ministry: “Learning and Growing Together,” “Praying and Playing Together,” and “Leading and Changing Together.”
Practical, accessible, encouraging, and thought-provoking, this book provides the crucial next building block in our understanding of intergenerational ministry. It is sure to benefit congregations already engaged in fostering intergenerational approaches and those desiring to experiment with becoming intentionally intergenerational.
“We all know it is true: we have lost far too much of this rich, God-given identity as faith communities. This makes this book so timely and of critical importance. It sometimes feels to me like the climate-change situation. We need a summit of international proportion. How close are we to a point of no return? This beautiful contribution will for sure help us—not only to avoid that point but to encourage and guide every bold step in local faith communities to ‘learn and grow together, to pray and play together, to lead and change together.’”
—Prof Dr. Malan Nel, Senior Research Fellow, University of Pretoria, South Africa
“This book comes at a pivotal time for the western church. We desperately need to grapple with how to grow lifelong disciples in a world with widening generational divides. The writers provide thoughtful, theologically grounded perspectives for those asking, Why intergenerational? They offer a powerful vision of what can be gained, and a breadth of practical approaches for implementing this vision. I want all of our pastors to read this book!”
—Karen Warner, Leadership Coordination Director, Baptist Churches of New Zealand
“Engage All Generations is called a toolkit for good reason. Cory Seibel has assembled a fine collection of chapters giving those who wish to encourage their church to explore intergenerational ministry lots of specific ideas for how to proceed, written by those who have actually done it. This book is a valuable resource for anyone looking for ways to make their church more intergenerational.”
—Robert J. Keeley, Professor of Education, Calvin University, coeditor of Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality
“Like good intergenerational ministry, Engage All Generations has something for everyone. Whether you’re new to the party or you’ve been tearing it up on the intergenerational dance floor for years, the wise practitioners in this book invite you to more deeply consider the current state of all-age ministry and to try out some moves that they’ve been practicing in their contexts. So join the party—and don’t be afraid to attempt something new as you make your way onto the dance floor.”
—David M. Csinos, Assistant Professor, Atlantic School of Theology, founder of Faith Forward
“Intergenerational Ministry is still in its infancy as a discipline. Engage All Generations helps with the maturation process by bringing together biblical, theological, theoretical, and practical ideas to be considered and experimented with. These ideas will no doubt be a significant catalyst for further learning and development in the dialogue around intergenerationality.”
—Gareth Crispin, Lecturer in Practical Theology, Cliff College, UK
“Engage All Generations is a very helpful, informative, and resourceful collection of essays on the intergenerational church. The topics and issues covered address a wide range of theological, pastoral, and developmental insights to be considered in clarifying strategies for an integrated ministry for all ages. The commitment and passion expressed by the contributors is encouraging and representative of the importance of embracing the benefits of being an intergenerational church.”
—Dr. Paul Pearce, Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions (CHAT), Vancouver, BC