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Celebrating in the Pandemic: A Growth Group Journey

Planned and Purposeful for Intergenerational Bible Study

Seminary Corner: Studying with All Generations

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Two Questions: Karen De Boer

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Karen De BoerResource DeveloperFaith Formation Ministries         In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What Keeps You Up at Night? That our children and youth are being raised in a world where Christians are not known “by our love” but by our animosity. And that church, instead of being a place where all are welcome will be known as a place where only some belong. In Season One of the Open to Wonder podcast (which I co-host), we spoke with university chaplain Rev. Dr. Mary Hulst about...

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Celebrating in the Pandemic: A Growth Group Journey

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A look at one church’s journey with GenOn’s Growth Group for Intergenerational Ministry during the pandemic: “We’ve been going against the wind with this process (and value that); not just waiting it out (which is more passive). Just the act of planning something was heroic.” - Lew Parks, pastor, Growth Group team leader, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Lew and his team chose to focus on Fellowship from the four Ministry Areas – Worship, Study, Service and Fellowship. Their goal was “to celebrate holy days of the church year and religious themes in secular holidays through festive fellowship events that feature...

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Planned and Purposeful for Intergenerational Bible Study

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     Part 2 of a 4 Part Series: GenOn Ministries 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. Intergenerational ministry is more than faith formation curriculum. It is about infusing the whole church with an ethos—the characteristic spirit of the community guided by its beliefs or ideas. Eventually, this intergenerational spirit impacts everyone and everything. Where to begin? We have identified four ministry areas for the church: worship, study, service, and fellowship. Using our free Snapshot tool with a...

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Seminary Corner: Studying with All Generations

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Andre Jordan "AJ" WallaceSecond Year StudentPrinceton Seminary Some of the most generative experiences of God revealing Godself to me has occurred in the context of studying and meditating on the text in community. But if I am honest, these occasions of engaging the word have never been with members from every age demographic present in my church communities.  I think much of church liturgy has some element of exclusion baked into it, and we have grown accustomed to the cycles of siloed Bible studies. When it comes to studying the word, we have normalized not having regular rhythms of intergenerational engagement. As someone who believes that the unique context of every person shapes how God reveals Godself in the text, I think we are often missing out on being formed by the diverse members...

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Two Questions: Sarah Bentley Allred

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Sarah Bentley AllredEditor, Building Faith for Lifelong LearningVirginia Theological Seminary     In each edition of IG Mix, we ask someone in ministry the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: What keep you up at night?A frequent topic of my night-time rumination, for which I have no answers, is children’s programming during worship, sometimes called Children’s Chapel. As someone passionate about intergenerational worship, I believe that it is best practice for all ages to be together for the entire worship service. And yet, parents tell me how difficult it is to worship with young children. And church leaders tell me parents want...

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