Intergenerational Christian Formation

Intergenerational Christian Formation

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  • Form Description: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780830839810
  • Dimension: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
  • Item Code: BKIS839810
  • Weight: 0.5440
  • Language: English
  • Product Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: 04/10/2012
Intergenerational Christian Formation : Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship
Holly Catterton Allen, Christine Lawton Ross InterVarsity Press, 2012

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"One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts." Psalm 145:4 Most churches and faith communities segment their ministries by age and generation. The kids go to children's church, the teens go to youth group. Worship services are geared toward different generational preferences, and small groups gather people at the same life stage, whether singles, young marrieds, parents or empty nesters. In some congregations, people may never interact with those of other ages. But it was not always so. Throughout biblical tradition and the majority of history, communities of faith included people of all ages together in corporate worship, education and ministry. The church was not just multigenerational; it was intergenerational, with the whole church together as one family and people of all ages learning from one another in common life. In this comprehensive text, Holly Allen and Christine Ross offer a complete framework for intentional intergenerational Christian formation. They provide the theoretical foundations for intergenerationality, showing how learning and spiritual formation are better accomplished through intergenerational contexts. It is not just elders teaching youth; learning also takes place when adults discover fresh insights from children. Then the authors give concrete guidance for intergenerational praxis on how worship, learning, community and service can all be achieved intergenerationally. Case studies of intergenerational congregations provide models for how a culture of intergenerationality can be created in local churches.
Author Biography
Holly Catterton Allen (PhD, Talbot School of Theology) is professor of family studies and Christian ministries at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she holds a joint appointment in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Bible and Ministry. She teaches undergraduate courses in early childhood development and family ministry, and has previously taught at John Brown University, Biola University and Abilene Christian University.

Allen's areas of scholarly interest are children's spirituality and intergenerational issues. She is the coauthor of javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@ad31191 and the editor of javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@27264c24. She is part of the national board that convenes the triennial Children's Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives at Concordia University near Chicago. She has published articles in javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@4350e390, javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@738c2576, javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@75efa13d, javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@4742e848 and javax.xml.bind.JAXBElement@799ff384 along with chapters in several books.

Allen is married to Dr. Leonard Allen and they have three adult children as well as four grandchildren.|Christine Lawton (PhD, St. Louis University) is currently the executive director of teacher programming at PathLight International. Her background includes professor/director of Christian education at Concordia University in Irvine, California, congregational youth and adult ministry, inner-city teaching and international education consulting. She is also the author of several Bible studies and Sunday school curriculum resources. She particularly enjoys intergenerational, international, multi-cultural, Christian education or beach-oriented activities.