Intergenerational Christian Formation Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship

ISBN-10: 083083981X

ISBN-13: 9780830839810

Edition: 2012

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“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4Most churches and faith communities segment their ministries by age and generation. The kids go to children’s church, the teens go to youth group. Worship services are geared toward different generational preferences, and small groups gather people at the same life stage, whether singles, young marrieds, parents or empty nesters. In some congregations, people may never interact with those of other ages.But it was not always so. Throughout biblical tradition and the majority of history, communities of faith included people of all ages together in corporate worship, education and ministry. The church was not just multigenerational; it was intergenerational, with the whole church together as one family and people of all ages learning from one another in common life.In this comprehensive text, Holly Allen and Christine Ross offer a complete framework for intentional intergenerational Christian formation. They provide the theoretical foundations for intergenerationality, showing how learning and spiritual formation are better accomplished through intergenerational contexts. It is not just elders teaching youth; learning also takes place when adults discover fresh insights from children. Then the authors give concrete guidance for intergenerational praxis on how worship, learning, community and service can all be achieved intergenerationally. Case studies of intergenerational congregations provide models for how a culture of intergenerationality can be created in local churches.This volume serves as an essential guide for all preparing for and involved in congregational ministry and formation. Discover the riches of intergenerational ministry, and let all generations commend the works of God to one another.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 11/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Holly Catterton Allen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Christian Ministries and the director of the Children and Family Ministry program in the Division of Biblical Studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Her areas of scholarly interest are children's spirituality and intergenerational issues; she has published articles and chapters on these topics in Christian Education Journal and other publications. She is a member of the Planning Team for the 2009 Children's Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, to be held June 2009 at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois.

Christine M. Ross (Ph.D., St. Louis University, 2006) is Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Christian Education Program at Concordia University in Irvine, California. She also has a Masters Degree from Eastern University for Multi-cultural Education. Ross is passionate about interculturalism and has background teaching a variety of cross-cultural classes.

Acknowledgments
Venturing into Intergenerationality: Our Stories
Introduction
Generational Realities
What Is the Problem?
How Did We Get Here?
Why Churches Tended to Separate the Generations
Why Bring the Generations Back Together?
The Benefits of Intergenerationality
What Shall We Name This Approach?
Biblical, Theological and Theoretical Support
Feasts, Jehoshaphat and House Churches
Biblical Foundations
Growing Each Other Up
Theoretical Foundations
Midwives, Tailors and Communities of Practice
Learning Theory
The Trinity, Koinonia and the Body
Theological Foundations
Support from the Social Sciences
Becoming Christian in Community
"Religious Socialization"
The Very Old and the Very Young
Contributions from Gerontology
Millennials, Xers, Boomers and Silents
Generational Theory
By the Numbers
Empirical Research
Intergenerational Christian Formation Practices
Creating a Culture of Intergenerationality
Intergenerational Worship
Intergenerational Learning Experiences
Intergenerationality and Story Sharing
Intergenerational Service and Missions
Intergenerational Small Groups
Cross-Generational Relationships in Multicultural Churches
Intergenerationality and Megachurches
Conclusion
Forty Intergenerational Ideas
Intergenerational Ministry Resources
Biblical Passages that Reflect an Intergenerational Outlook
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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