Over the course of three weeks, a group from our church spent some time learning about the value of being an intergenerational church. An intergenerational church not only has members of each generation in it, but they invest in each other, by growing and serving across generations. In many ways our church does this naturally; the passing of the peace, our Vacation Bible School program, and during our coffee fellowship.
But, as we identified what we were doing well, we also began to look at what ways we could improve. It was a great discussion with lots of thoughts, but we realized that our discussions would be hollow if there was no action. On Sunday, April 8, at 9:00 am we’re hosting a planning and action session on how to make our church more intergenerational. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to attend the previous sessions, this is a chance to think out loud about how to grow the relationships in our church and make it stronger. We’ll spend time brainstorming ideas but also on how we can take steps to make them a reality. Research has shown that churches that are focused on being intergenerational are thriving, not just hoping to survive.
Statistics point to three main reasons:
Intergenerational ‘serving’ and ‘discipling’ help mitigate the drop-out of members in the church
There are positive effects when we are able to see each other practicing our faith, and everyone is able to participate in a genuine way
All ages benefit from connecting and engaging with church members in inter-generational settings outside of worship
Again, this has real implications for the future of our church, and we’re on the right path. Otherwise we wouldn’t have people sharing thoughts like Kativa Weitzel on Twitter