Intentional Cross-Generational Ministry

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In many churches, the older members of the congregation don't spend much time interacting with those in the student ministry. Often this can lend itself to some major misconceptions that each group has about the other. Watch this humorous illustration as it parodies an irrational fear that a teen may have about encountering those in the "twilight" of their lives.



Without question, there is a significant gap in culture between the folks in the Senior Adult Sunday School Class and the students in the youth room. However, this does not mean that God can't do something powerful when you get them in the same room. In this post, Garnett Reid encourages pastors to get grandparents involved in youth ministry, sharing practical ideas how senior adults can make an impact on students. Garnett has been professor of Old Testament at Welch College in Nashville, TN for over 30 years.  He has also authored several books including Deuteronomy 6 in 3D and Intentional Integrity.


What current opportunities do your senior adults have to interact with the teens in your student ministry?
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How might those in your student ministry benefit from more time spent with the older members of your congregation?
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How do you think your senior adults might benefit from spending more time with the students in your church?
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Garnett emphasized the need to be intentional and practical about getting these two groups together. Take a moment and list a few ways that you might be able to create times for seniors and teens to spend time together.
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Whether it is through an adoption program like Garnett mentioned, a game night, or some other means, both the students and grandparents in your church will benefit from the opportunity to spend time with one another. The more opportunity you have to create cross-generational ministry opportunities, the more the people the Lord has called you to shepherd will benefit, and the more your church will grow in unity.