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
Practicing Prayer Intergenerationally Nancy Stamey Eubanks
FaithFull Generation Martyn Payne
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 JK 4/15