Integrate not Separate: Routes to becoming an intergenerational
Integrate not Separate: Routes to becoming an intergenerational church community
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand, that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, I am not part of the body because I am not an eye, would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christs body, and each of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:12- 18 & 25-27 When was the last time you
spoke or spent time with someone from a different generation? Back in time... There are less regular and structured interactions between young and old...than ever before. Not
only families but also other institutions in modern society have reduced the chance for old and young to share activities in meaningful ways. Peter N. Stearns, Historical trends in intergenerational contacts, 1989 p.30 Shuffle or repeat?
Where does your church or setting sit on this spectrum? Why be intergenerational? Faith
forming Everyon e matters Nurtures
unity Intergenerational Quiz https://youtu.be/5JsPbjBiQ6A Which of these elements has struck a chord with you bearing in mind
your own setting/church context? Intergenerational Principles Gather Together
Build Relationship s Enhance Worship
Which of these would be the best starting point into becoming a more intergenerational community? Truly intergenerational communities welcome children, emerging adults, recovering addicts, single adults, widows, single parents, teens whose parents are not
around, the elderly, those in crisis, empty nesters and struggling parents of young children into a safe but challenging place to be formed into the image of Christ. Catterton Allen & Lawton Ross Intergenerational Christian Formation p. 63
Further reading and resources Eleanor Bird (2014) Blended: A Call to Reimagine Our Church Family BRF Holly Catterton Allen & Christina Lawton Ross (2012) Intergenerational Christian Formation IVP Peter Menconi (2010) The Intergenerational Church Sage Publishing Lifelong Faith Journal: http: www.lifelongfaith.com
Also recommended: UMC Discipleship Ministries resources, training and webinars www.umcdiscipleship.org click on leadership resources then intergenerational family ministries
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