Tag Archives: inter-generational

Keeping Ourselves–and Young People–Near the Cross

I’ve always been slightly jealous of congregations with “real” youth groups. You know the ones I’m talking about: the ones with well-painted and decorated class rooms. The ones with a full-time youth minister who, despite congregational complaints that he is an overpaid song leader, makes a difference in the lives of teenagers. The…

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Intergenerational Ministry: The Organic Ministry of Small Churches

Gary Portnoy’s chorus to the theme song of the great television sitcom Cheers reads, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name.” Although these…

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I Finally Figured Out How to Form Faith in Our Children

Forming faith in our children matters. It matters to me as an elder in a church with hundreds of children under eighteen. It matters to me because I have five grandchildren ten and under. I am blessed to have two grown children who are faithful Christians. Not perfect, but faithful. So I started thinking about…

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Walking Side by Side: Mentoring and Apprenticing the Younger Generation

I would have missed a beautiful story of friendship and mentoring in Scripture if I had not created space for older mentors to walk side by side with me on my spiritual journey. I was younger, and I did not know how to handle difficult texts. So I chose the only logical path:…

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