Becoming Intergenerational

 

 

 

 

 

Historically, the church has separated families and children from other groups during opportunities for faith formation and education. We have come to discover, however, that bringing generations together can actually enriches everyone's ability to know God.

 

Many resources, curricula, and books recommended throughout this website incorporate intergenerational and multigenerational components, but if intergenerational is your focus the list below is a great place to start:

Research 

Lifelong Faith: "Intergenerational Faith Formation" "Through the Generations of Faith Project (Center for Ministry Development, 2001-2006), I worked with a team to create a model of intergenerational faith formation and program resources for churches to implement intergenerational learning." 

Intergenerational Christian Formation by Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross 

 

Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating, & Serving Faithfully by Kathie Amidei, Jim Merhaut, and John Roberto 

 

"Intergenerational Ministry Beyond the Rhetoric" by Brad M. Griffin and Brenda Snailum

 

Intergenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry edited by Holly Catterton Allen

 

Celebrating the Milestones of Faith: A Guide for Churches by Laura Keeley and Robert J Keeley

 

GenOn Ministries (LOGOS)"GenOn Ministries' mission—and we believe calling as well—is to equip churches and families to develop lifelong Christian disciples of all ages." 

Adoptive Church (Youth, Family, and Culture): Creating an Environment Where Emerging Generations Belong by Clark Chap and Steven Argue

 

Generations United: All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive

The mission of Generations United is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all. 

 

Eight Ideas for Intergenerational Small Groups by Karen DeBoer 

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Practical Articles/Resources

Family Theology: Finding God in Very Human Relationships by Carol J. Gallagher

Keep Connected Healthy, strong family relationships are foundational to young people’s growth, learning, and well-being. These relationships build strong social and emotional strengths that kids use throughout their lives. But great family relationships don’t just happen. Keep Connected offers all kinds of families—and organizations that support them—ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships. Our goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves.

The Way of Love 
This podcast offers ways to engage with the Way of Love, The Episcopal Church’s intentional commitment to practicing faith by following Jesus. Hear stories and get practical advice from Bishop Michael Curry and others who are putting the Way of Love practices (Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest) into action.
Practicing Prayer Intergenerationally by Nancy Stamey Eubanks FaithFull Generation by Martyn Payne

 

Leaders


Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad M. Griffin

Faith Formation in a Secular Age by Andrew Root
In the shifting landscape of ministry, one question has seemed to garner the most attention: How can we keep (young) people in our church? Pushing deeper, we wonder: How can we form a faith that keeps them sticking around? 

The Next Generation: How Intergenerational Interaction Improves Life Chances of Children and Young People
United for All Ages is a 'think-do' tank founded in 2010 to create a Britain for all ages, tackling big social and economic issues such as loneliness, ageism, learning, care, health and housing.  

Effective Ministry: Intergenerational Ministry
The E.M ministry was initially instigated in 2010 with the goal of carefully examine (through thoughtful and thorough research) the reason and rationale behind apparent low growth rates within the Christian Church in Australia, and more particularly, within Anglican churches in the Sydney Diocese.


Growing Up Together is a FREE intergenerational resource is for multi-age households, small groups and communities of faith committed to growing up together in worship, witness and service.  Growing Up Together comprises an overview of the place of rites and rituals in the lives of young people and their communities liturgical resources for marking these significant occasions. 

This page was last updated by WS 7/2021