Intergenerational Ministry Get Started with Intergenerational Ministry
“As a child of the church, I feel included and loved. I like doing things at my church because they include children in almost everything. It’s good to have friends my age here as well as friends younger and older. We help each other love and serve God.”
What is intergenerational ministry?
Intergenerational ministry nurtures Christ-centered community by bringing together two or more generations in planned and purposeful settings, where all are mutually invested.
How does your church get started?
GenOn partners with your church and provides a GenOn Guide to assess and explore ways to bring generations together with an emphasis on intergenerational experiences leading to Christ-centered community. The deep relationships formed through these experiences play an invaluable role in the development of lifelong disciples and in the renewal of energy and vitality in the whole congregation.
We recommend a simple and foundational six-step path for becoming intentionally intergenerational.
Enjoy your exploration and surround the journey in prayer. Contact GenOn Ministries and ask questions. Gather and invite a diverse team of “thinkers” and “doers” to consider moving intergenerational ministry forward for your church. Review recommended books, articles, and websites on our “Why Intergenerational” page. Attend Intergenerational Pathways workshop. Share with others what you have discovered.
With a GenOn Guide, use Intergenerational Ministry Snapshot to evaluate the current context of your congregation and consider areas to modify or redesign: worship, study, service, and fellowship. Read and discuss Intergenerational Ministry Why and How (coming soon!) to determine a starting direction for your chosen ministry area. Share your evaluation and decisions with others and pray for direction and understanding.
Identify training and resources available for your chosen ministry area. Schedule ministry training and invite everyone to attend. Select needed resources. Pray for wisdom and discernment.
Plan for and hold an intergenerational event trial run, praying for more leaders and congregational support. Afterwards, share stories and pictures throughout the congregation. Evaluate what went well and what needs to be modified.
Check in with GenOn Ministries for guidance in planning and launching. Invite more “thinkers” and “doers” to consider a call to the vision and implementation of your ministry. Plan for equipping and empowering leaders. Pray for fruitful Christ-centered gatherings.
Continue to invite new people into leadership. Continue to learn, evaluate, and modify. Keep innovating and praying. Contact GenOn for more training and guidance in going deeper into becoming more intentionally intergenerational.
Guiding and Visioning
We can guide you from where you are currently with Intergenerational Ministry, to where you want to be! We recommend you begin with our Intergenerational Ministry Starter Bundle. Contact us at 877.937.2572 or email@example.com for more information.
Starter Bundle (Online)
Three, 90-minute workshops including:
- Intergenerational Pathways workshop
- Guided Snapshot gathering
- Choose one: ministry area workshop or LIFT Experience or LOGOS Explore
Bundle cost: $395 with built-in savings, unlimited number of participants from your church
90 minutes, $285 each
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.
Guided Snapshot Gathering Gather your key leaders to utilize the Intergenerational Ministry Snapshot with the help of a GenOn Guide. Evaluate how you’re doing, and examine the benefits of a more intergenerational approach to ministry.
Ministry Area Workshops Choose a ministry area workshop to match your area of interest (fellowship, worship, study, or service). Build consensus and broaden your audience to include more church ministry staff, lay leaders, and the congregation as you implement new opportunities for intergenerational ministry.
LIFT Experience What will your church do for spiritual formation this year? This could be the time to try an intergenerational approach! To Experience a session of LIFT (Living In Faith Together), and explore new ways to be more intentionally intergenerational as a church community.
Options for Intentional Intergenerational Ministry
God's World in Community A seven-session, flexible, simple resource for intergenerational gatherings. Short, easy-to-do sessions consist of reading a Scripture passage, doing an activity based on the passage, and praying together. Written for all ages. For use in small or large groups in person, online, or at home.
LIFT (Living in Faith Together) invites all ages to share food, learn, worship, and have fun in small groups around tables. Using 1-2 key leaders to prepare and guide sessions — not teachers for multiple classes — it replaces or supplements traditional Sunday school and provides stand-alone 45-60 minute sessions.
All God's Children: The Church Family Gathers is a series (Lent, Summer, VBS, and Advent/Christmas) for 2 hour gatherings for generations to eat, play, study, and worship together.
LOGOS Generations learn and grow in faith together weekly in a program modeled after the early church in Acts 2:42 with time for Bible Study, Recreation/Mission, Worship Arts, and Family Time meal. LOGOS helps develop deep roots within the congregation when parents, grandparents, and other significant adults dedicate time to the ministry. Clergy and other volunteers of all ages from the church also serve, making this an intergenerational, congregational ministry.