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