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The Joy of Shared Life 

Two Questions: Karen Ware Jackson

A Place, a Purpose, and an Invitation to Belong

Intergenerational Worship Leadership: Lots of Ideas!

Two Questions: Douglas Powe, Jr.

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The Joy of Shared Life 

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  Andre Jordan “AJ” Wallace Second-Year Student Princeton Seminary AJ, right, in an intergenerational Sunday morning ministry during his internship.           I had the joy of working at a church for the first time this summer. I held very little to no expectations about how the summer would unfold. While I can say numerous things about the wonderful experience I had as a seminary intern, I want to share what I believe was one of the greatest lessons I learned this summer – the power of presence. More specifically, the power of people showing up in...

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Two Questions: Karen Ware Jackson

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Karen Ware JacksonCo-pastor, First Presbyterian ChurchGreenville, NC       In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night? The concern of my heart right now is how to reach kids who we haven't been able to reach with online church. With our youngest children still not eligible for the vaccine, it might be quite some time before children and families are comfortable in large indoor groups, and some may never come back to worship or educational programs in the same ways. And this isn't just...

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A Place, a Purpose, and an Invitation to Belong

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries Robin Humphreys serves as the National Director of the Presbyterian Children and Family Ministry for the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand. Robin and I first met at the 2019 InterGenerate Conference in Nashville, Tennessee when she was back in the States visiting family. She grew up in North Carolina and in 2017 she and her “kiwi” husband, Paul, moved to his hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Recently, Robin shared with me about her experiences with a LOGOS ministry during her college years.   Liz: Can you describe your introduction to a LOGOS ministry? Robin: I was...

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Intergenerational Worship Leadership: Lots of Ideas!

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We gathered online recently for a GenOn Round Table on intergenerational worship leadership. We polled our participants on what best describes worship leadership at their church and the majority checked “church staff and a few key lay adults.” Next, we defined intergenerational ministry as that which nurtures Christ-centered community by bringing together two or more generations in planned and purposeful setting, where all are mutually invested. The format for the rest of the time together was to hear a premise (something we at GenOn believe to be true or certainly very likely) and then whoosh to breakout rooms to discuss...

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Two Questions: Douglas Powe, Jr.

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Douglas Powe, Jr.Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership James C. Logan Professor of Evangelism, Wesley Theological Seminary       In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night? Trying to help congregations bridge the gap between the hunger younger generations have for deepening their spirituality and the role churches can play in doing so keeps me up at night.  The lack of intergenerational presence in many congregations is troubling given the fact that even some nones see themselves as spiritual.  The challenge is they do...

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