Intergenerational Faith Formation
Intergenerational faith formation and whole community faith experiences are at the center of the new faith formation ecosystem. “Throughout Scripture there is a pervasive sense that all generations were typically present when faith communities gathered for worship, for celebration, for feasting, for praise, for encouragement, for reading of Scripture, in times of danger, and for support and service. . . . To experience authentic Christian community and reap the unique blessings of intergenerationality, the generations must be together regularly and often—infants to octogenarians” (Holly Allen and Christine Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation, page 84).
Most congregations are multigenerational by membership. Some are intentionally intergenerational. They make their intergenerational character a defining feature of their community life, ministries, and faith formation. These churches make it a priority to foster intergenerational relationships, faith sharing, and storytelling; to incorporate all generations in worship; to develop service projects that involve all ages; and to engage all generations in learning together.
Intergenerational faith formation and whole community faith experiences. . . .
Principles & Practices
Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational - John Roberto
This article provides strategies, ideas, and congregational examples for becoming more intentionally intergenerational through social events, mentoring, storytelling, service, and learning.
Essential Principles of Intergenerational Faith Formation
The 2014 Symposium on the Future of Intergenerational Faith Formation develop 17 principles to guide the development of intergenerational ministry and faith formation in congregations.
Faith Formation across Generations - Mariette Martineau
This articles describes the features, characteristics, and learning process of intergenerational learning.
The Importance of Intergenerational Community for Lifelong Faith Formation - John Roberto
This article presents a variety of approaches and strategies for strengthening the intergenerational character of a faith community and building intergenerational relationships.
Nine Tips for Designing Intergenerational Worship - Joan Huyser-Honig
This article offers nine tips with ideas for designing intergenerational worship without totally overhauling everything about your current worship services.
The What and How of Intergenerational Worship - Theresa E Cho
How does one go about worshiping as an intergenerational community? Depending on the current makeup of your congregation and your worship style, Theresa Cho propose three tiers.
GenOnMinistries Visioning Tools
Use GenOn Ministries' Visioning Tools to take a picture of your ministry and create a plan for ministries in the future. Tools are available in 3 areas: intergenerational ministry, ministry with children, and ministry with youth. Complete instructions are included on page 1 of each tool. Complete the process and create your visioning plan.
Generations Together Toolkit
The Generations Together book presents a vision of intergenerational ministry and faith formation with five essential elements of intergenerationality.
Download the Intergenerational Toolkit from Chapter 5 of Generations Together with ideas and strategies for Caring Relationships, Celebrating Worship, Learning, Praying, and Serving.
Case Studies & Interviews
Developed and produced by Jim Merhaut
Weekly Intergenerational Faith Formation Model
(Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rapid City, SD)
Weekly Lectionary Based Faith Formation
(St. Patrick Church - Fayetteville, NC)
Intergenerational Worship Ministries
(St. Katherine Drexel Church, Ramsey, MN)
Logos Intergenerational Ministry (GenOn Ministries)
(Grace United Methodist Church, Coal Center, PA)
La Petite Program
(St. Anthony on the Lake, Pewaukee, WI)
Intergenerational Sacramental Preparation
(Catholic Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth, ME)
Intergenerational Caring - Faith Webbing
(St. John’s Lutheran Church, Grove City, OH)
Weekly Intergenerational Experiences, Worship, & the Narrative Lectionary - Karen Gieseke
(Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca, MN)
Intergenerational Faith Formation Events & Programming
(Reformation Lutheran Church, Milford, DE)
Intergenerational University Campus Ministry
(University Campus Ministry, Kent State University)