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Faith formation with two or more generations together

The joy of launching: Step 5 in Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

Two Questions: Robert Keeley

Information and Practice -- Learn: Step 3 in Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

Two Questions: Chris Barnett

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Faith formation with two or more generations together

Posted by Liz Perraud at

Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries GenOn defines intergenerational ministry as nurturing Christ-centered community by bringing together two or more generations in planned and purposeful settings, where all are mutually invested. We identify four ministry areas impacted by intergenerational community: worship, study, service, and fellowship. Using our free Snapshot tool with a team, you can evaluate and discuss the four ministry areas, choosing one to start being more intentionally intergenerational. Details are in Snapshot and we’d love to guide you along the process. Information here.  Let’s talk about Study as a Ministry Area for intergenerational relationships: The goal is for the church...

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The joy of launching: Step 5 in Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

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Get started with intergenerational ministry.

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Two Questions: Robert Keeley

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Robert KeeleyAuthorand Professor of Education, Emeritus Calvin University     In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night?I worry about what Christian Smith and his colleagues call Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and how prevalent it is in both young people and adults. I’m concerned that this has happened in part because our teaching about faith is too often more centered on how we should behave than on the grace of God. Sanctification is important, of course, but the good news has been watered down and is...

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Information and Practice -- Learn: Step 3 in Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries       I thought it would be fun to play Cat’s Cradle with my six-year-old granddaughter. Maybe you remember the string game from childhood. The game begins when one player creates the starting figure (called Cat’s Cradle) on their hands and fingers. The next player pinches or grabs the string and winds their hands around in a particular way to transfer the loop to their hands, creating a new figure. And then it returns to the first player to create a third figure by manipulating the string loop. Back and forth, repeating a limited number...

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Two Questions: Chris Barnett

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 Chris BarnettExecutive General Manager, Intergen, Australia and Assembly Resource Unit, Uniting Church Australia     In each edition of IG Mix, we ask someone the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: “What keeps you up at night?” and “What gets you up in the morning?” What keeps you up at night? While the case for a more intergenerational approach to ministry and mission continues to be bolstered by a growing field of research and “real life” stories of positive change, overall momentum toward greater intergenerationality across churches seems to be slowing down. Though this is totally understandable in the light of...

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