Better Together: The Formative Power of Intergenerational Community

pp. 32-47Date Published: 23 June 2015

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We travel around the world speaking to and consulting with church leaders about ways to re-imagine ministry with children and teens. It seems that everywhere we go, people share with us that they want to do more to foster intergenerational community. Whether they are making use of particular ministry models like Messy Church or LOGOS or they are simply hosting events that are open to people of all ages, more and more congregations are recognizing the importance of intergenerational relationships for faith formation with all people. In this article, we will explore the dynamics of intergenerational community, looking not only at how to cultivate relationships across generations but also why this matters in the first place.