Description: Learn how to get people of all ages sharing the stories of how they’ve seen God at work. Take a look at two practical methods for creating opportunities for intergenerational storytelling. Experience two more fantastic intergenerational activities you can add to your ministry tool kit. Grapple with the typical barriers to intergenerational faith communities and arrive at solutions that’ll suit your ministry. Investigate the unique blessings of intergenerational service and missions.
Barriers to Becoming Intergenerational in Outlook and Practice
- Lack of exposure to the older generation
- Lack of understanding of kids’ culture
- Sense of “ownership” of the church amonst older generations
INTERGENERATIONALITY AND STORY SHARING
Embedding Our Stories in God’s Story
How can intergenerational ministry helo our children enter and embrace the Chrisitan metanarrative-God’s story-as their own?
STORY PROMPT – taking a passage from scripture and turn it into a prompt
e.g. “God who delivered Daivd from the bear, and the lion, and from Goliath, has delivered me from…”
We need to be hearing each other’s stories.
BENEFITS OF INTERGENERATIONAL MINISTRY
- Provide role models and mentors
- Awareness & Appreciation of aging process
- Families more comfortable talking about faith issues
- Extended faith family when blood is distant
- Support as they negotiate identity vs. role confusion crisis
- Opportunities to mentor younger kids
- Opportunities to serve those outside their world
- Support when life falls down
- Adults begin to see youth as Christians with a faith story of their own
- Adults have opportunities to be an example/mentor
INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE AND MISSIONS
2 Blessings of Intergenerational Service and Mission
- Grow closer together
FOR THOSE WE SERVE
- Do a better job for them
SUPPORT FOR INTERGENERATIONALITY
Why are intergenerational settings so powerful in the spiritual growth and development of children—and others?
Support from Learning Theory
Sociocultural perspective (potty training phenomenon): Vygotsky
Zone of Proximal Development (between where you are and where you want to be)
It’s easier to learn something from someone just further along in the process than you.
The people you’re with has a lot to do with the people you are around.
Situated learning (midwives, butchers, surgeons): Lave and Wenger
On the job training
About Holly: Holly is Professor of Christian Ministries at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where she directs the Child and Family Studies program in the Biblical Studies Division.