Here is an article that introduces some discussion about Multigenerational Churches versus Intergenerational Communities.
Here are a few of my highlights:
- In a MULTIgenerational church, the generations can show up on the same day and in the same place, can all be in the attendance rolls and partner files, but not be interrelated or interconnected in life or experience.
- An imbalance between the generations can lead to problems like…
- Older generations have the money and resources to keep the lights on, so their preferences, advice, and past experiences hold more weight in the direction of the church.
- Younger generations are “the future,” so massive shifts in worship, style, look, and structure of the church are risked to head towards that future.
Here are some additional resources concerning building an Intergenerational Community.
- The Disfigured Body of Christ
- Young Need Not Apply
- Beyond Mentoring – Symbiotic Relationships within the Church
Here are some questions to ponder:
- Is your faith community – Intergenerational or Multigenerational?
- Does your leadership reflect the diversity of the body of Christ by generations?
- What is the first step for your community for moving towards a intergenerational church?