Thursday, September 6, 2012

What Is A Multi-Generational Church?

A multi-generational church is one where at least three generations exist in harmony, under one leadership head. It is a church where relationships are cross-generational, meaning that older ones disciple the ones beneath them and the younger ones teach the ones above them. It is where each generation learns from the other.

The church must overcome the different age spans in a multi-generational church. Each generation in the church have their own preferences in traditions, styles, worship, and communication. Often these present conflicting views which can create separation and distant each generation from one another which creates disunity and disharmony in the body. Some things which cause conflict between generations are:

  • Tradition: People don’t always want to change tradition.
  • Worship Style Preference: Some people have strong preference for a particular worship style.
  • Set in Ways: Afraid to pass the baton or respect the competency of the next generation.
  • Communication Style: Have difficulty accepting a different style of preaching, teaching, or adapting to small groups.

We are reviewing strategies that will create a multi-generational church. The number one purpose is to give access to reconciliation with God for all. We want to create an environment where all God’s children are included. That may mean adjusting to ways of people that might be different than ours. It means that we take intentional steps toward bringing the Body of Christ into oneness
The goal of our church is to build lives. To grow people. This is what our ministry is all about. This is what we are called to do. Ephesians 4:11, 12 gives us our responsibility.

“… equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the Body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.”
We are building a spiritual house to bring people into relationship with God.

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Sacrament of Living

Today's post was brought to us by guest author, Chuck Adams.

As we look more closely at bringing people closer to God, encouraging them to develop spiritual maturity, and living a life of service to Him I find good reference of how to do it in scripture and Christian writings. This morning I was reading A.W. Tozer. His subject of choice was “the sacrament of living”. The point he was making was we mistakenly segregate our daily (worldly) living from our spiritual living. We look at life with special times, places, and activities as though they are more acceptable to God than the mundane acts of everyday life. 

 We separate life into the “good” Christian activities like going to church on Sunday morning from the worldly requirement that we go to work to support our families. He emphasizes the importance of viewing “the sacramental quality of everyday living”. Scripture tells us-- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”(Col 3:23). 

 Everything we do is not of equal importance:

  “Paul’s sewing of tents was not equal to the writing of an epistle to the Romans, but both were acceptable to God and both were true acts of worship”. (A.W. Tozer) 

He also points out that every man is not as useful as every other man. Billy Graham far exceeds what most of us would expect to contribute for the sheer usefulness to the church and to the world; 

“but the service of the less gifted brother is as pure as that of the more gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure.--Let every man abide in the calling where he is called--.” (A.W. Tozer) 

 In my mind this speaks loudly as I consider where and when I follow God’s lead for my life. Where is he working and how would he have me join Him? We need to remember:

“It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything.” (A.W. Tozer)