Intergenerational Christian Formation Paperback

Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship

by Holly Catterton Allen, Christine Lawton Ross;

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Intergenerational Christian Formation

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"One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts." Psalm 145:4

Most 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.

Intergenerational Christian Formation by Holly Catterton Allen, Christine Lawton Ross was published by IVP in November 2012 and is our 40910th best seller. The ISBN for Intergenerational Christian Formation is 9780830839810.

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"This book is for pastors, lay leaders and professional church educators and students who want to model congregational life on the kingdom of God instead of marketing strategies designed to appeal to generational narcissism based on individual preference. This is one book that will both encourage and equip congregations to be less 'conformed to the world,' less prone to say, 'I have no need for you.' This is a book that argues persuasively from solid research, as well as the biblical mandate, for congregations to really 'love one another.' This book is honest about the costly demands of intentional intergenerational development as well as its rich rewards."


Details for Intergenerational Christian Formation

Page last updated 11th March 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherIVP (November 2012)
Number of Pages330
Thickness25 mm
Height226 mm
Width150 mm
Product Code4062662
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