Historically, the church has seperated 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:
Ministry Ideas & Resources
"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."
"GenOn Ministries' mission—and we believe calling as well—is to equip churches and families to develop lifelong Christian disciples of all ages." In addition to the LOGOS program, check out GenOn's Children's Ministry Effectiveness Model.
We offer three complete intergenerational programs ("lesson plans") per season using VF@Home activities available for that season. These sessions can be used in a small parent-child or parent-teen group, or in large "whole community" gatherings.
"FUSION provides a thoughtful balance between practical planning, biblical background information and worship outlines as well as pages that can be used along with a Christian education team. It also includes faith formation resources that families can use to grow their faith at home and in the community."
Practical tips for beginning an intergenerational program from blogger and author Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell
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
Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad M. Griffin
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. Founded in 1986 by leaders at the National Council on Aging, Child Welfare League of America, Children’s Defense Fund and AARP, Generations United's work inspires, empowers, advocates and engages.
Eight Ideas for Intergenerational Small Groups by Karen DeBoer
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.
Practicing Prayer Intergenerationally by Nancy Stamey Eubanks
Building Faith is published by Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary. Our mission is to equip and inspire churches and individuals for the ministry of Christian education and faith formation.
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. Growing Up Together contains resources for recognising and celebrating, in an intergenerational way,
This page was last updated by OU 2/20