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Two Questions: Douglas Powe, Jr.

Regathering and Reconnecting Your Church Community

Two Questions: Sara Jane Nixon

Time to Rekindle Relationships

Moving Intergenerational Ministry Outdoors

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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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Regathering and Reconnecting Your Church Community

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  Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     It’s the summer of 2021, and we’re gazing ahead to fall. How are you doing? Can we help? Recently, GenOn hosted an online Round Table to discuss Sunday morning intergenerational faith formation. We Zoomed and all shared ideas, benefits, and how to make potential hybrid settings work.  One participant observed that people have become comfortable worshipping from home (good!), Sunday mornings are more relaxed (awesome!), but that maybe people need motivation to return to in-person church community (aha!). A bit of inertia has settled in after more than a year of being home....

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Two Questions: Sara Jane Nixon

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Sara Jane NixonPastor, New Dublin Presbyterian ChurchDublin, Va.(And LOGOS Participant as a Child!)       Photo: Sara Jane (middle) with Training Director Betsy Dishman (left) and Communications Coordinator Tracey Schoch, at a LIFT Experience held at Sara Jane's church a month before the pandemic began! In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night? How can I help people learn from each other? People in the church -- and society! -- are so age-segregated that  being around people you are not related to with whom...

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Time to Rekindle Relationships

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Relationships and community require care and feeding. Congregations all over the world are facing this same challenge—of starting to gather again in person (or soon!). And we are out of practice. We’ve been Zooming, doing the masked-and-distanced thing, and lots of other creative solutions, but we must admit, it’s been a strange and awkward yearand it’s time to rekindle relationships.

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Moving Intergenerational Ministry Outdoors

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Church leaders are pondering a different kind of spring and summer in 2021. Restrictions, vaccine limitations (especially for younger people), and comfort levels are still impacting “ministry as usual” even as our lives seem to be emerging from COVID-19 and hope is springing forth. Holding intergenerational ministry outside allows for safe gatherings and more movement after a very long winter. But what? And how? We surveyed some church leaders we know about their plans and thoughts, and what they were still wondering about—particularly concerning the “norm” of Vacation Bible School. We received some great feedback. They shared a variety of...

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