Cohorts for Intergenerational Ministry Development
Being part of a GenOn Growth Group gives your church a supported process to figure out the best steps forward for your context and encourages you to take those steps. There is no pre-determined answer or action – it’s a process for your church to go from ‘thinking about’ intergenerational ministry to ‘brainstorming ideas’ to actually ‘actioning something’ in your context.
Melissa Neumann, Intergenerational Discipleship Developer, Uniting Church Synod of South Australia
We have successfully taken steps to pilot and establish regular patterns towards our goal to partner with the greater church community. So far, it has been an engaging opportunity for both young and old and everyone in between. All in all, we are growing as a congregation in a more intergenerational dimension, where we have been, and we continue to be, a welcoming community for all generations.
Sam Yoo, Minister, Uniting Church in Australia
Our Growth Groups for Intergenerational Ministry were designed for judicatory organizations to partner with GenOn to support smaller churches worshipping 100 or fewer. It’s a 3-month cohort experience for church teams (of 3 or more leaders) to form groups of 3-5 churches. Assisted by a GenOn Guide, each church team designs their own path to further develop intergenerational gatherings in a chosen ministry area – Worship, Study, Service or Fellowship. It’s a more comprehensive approach that includes church team assignments and covers the Six-Step Path to becoming more intentionally intergenerational – Discover, Evaluate, Learn, Pilot, Launch, and Sustain. This training also includes two individual church team meetings with a GenOn Guide, scheduled as needed throughout the process.
Four, 2-hour sessions (includes assignments for church teams to complete independently):
- Session 1: Discover – Intergenerational Pathways
- Session 2: Evaluate – Take a Snapshot
- Session 3: Learn – Ministry Area Development
- Session 4: Pilot, Launch, Sustain – Intergenerational Gatherings
- Bonus: 2 individual church team meetings with a GenOn Guide, as needed
Growth Group cost: $395 per church, for a church team (of 3 or more leaders) to join a cohort made up of 3-5 smaller churches
To learn more about GenOn Growth Groups, read Exploring the Possibilities for Intergenerational Ministry.
To begin the conversation, please fill out the Growth Group Interest Form.
Discover – Intergenerational Pathways
Explore the concept of intergenerational ministry. Discover why gathering multiple generations together for fellowship, worship, study, and service is important for faith development and church vitality.
Evaluate – Take a Snapshot
Utilize Intergenerational Ministry Snapshot to evaluate how your congregation is doing and examine the benefits of a more intentional intergenerational approach to ministry.
Learn – Ministry Area Development
Choose a ministry area to develop – Worship, Study, Service, or Fellowship – using an intergenerational lens. Create a shared vision, forward momentum, goals, and action steps to prepare to pilot and launch more intentional intergenerational gatherings.
Pilot, Launch, Sustain – Intergenerational Gatherings
Continue the journey to pilot an intergenerational gathering, develop steps to launch regular gatherings, and prepare to sustain leaders for ongoing intergenerational ministry.