Multigenerational Ministry


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Presentation on the shift from age-segregated religious education to multigenerational faith development.

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Multigenerational Ministry

  1. 1. Multigenerational Ministry Ministry Mission and Message March 7, 2009
  2. 2. More Than Numbers <ul><li>Numerical Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Maturational Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Growth </li></ul><ul><li>Incarnational Growth </li></ul>
  3. 3. Maturational Growth <ul><li>This growth is in stature and maturity of each member, growth in faith and the ability to nurture and be nurtured. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Linear Infants Children Youth Young Adults Adults Elders
  5. 5. Circular Infants Children Youth Young Adults Adults Elders
  6. 6. Community <ul><li>All persons, both children and adults, need community. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Community <ul><li>Children are like canaries in a coal mine. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hardwired to Connect <ul><li>We are hardwired for close attachments to other people, beginning with our parents and extended family, and then moving out to the broader community. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Hardwired to Connect <ul><li>We are hardwired for meaning, born with a built-in capacity and drive to search for purpose and reflect on life’s ultimate ends. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Connected Community It treats children as ends in themselves.
  11. 11. Connected Community <ul><li>It is a social institution that includes children and youth. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Connected Community It is warm and nurturing.
  13. 13. Connected Community It establishes clear limits and expectations.
  14. 14. Connected Community The core of its work is performed largely by non-specialists.
  15. 15. Connected Community It is multi-generational.
  16. 16. Connected Community It has a long-term focus.
  17. 17. Connected Community It reflects and transmits a shared understanding of what it means to be a good person.
  18. 18. Connected Community It encourages spiritual and religious development.
  19. 19. Connected Community It is philosophically oriented to the equal dignity of all persons and to the principle of love of neighbor.
  20. 20. Lifespan Faith Development <ul><li>Vision Statement </li></ul><ul><li>We envision children, youth, and adults who… </li></ul>
  21. 21. Vision Statement affirm that they are part of a Unitarian Universalist religious heritage and community of faith that has value and provides resources for living;
  22. 22. Vision Statement know that they are lovable beings of infinite worth, imbued with powers of the soul, and obligated to use their gifts, talents, and potentials in the service of life;
  23. 23. Vision Statement accept that they are responsible for the stewardship and creative transformation of their religious heritage and community of faith;
  24. 24. Vision Statement realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference in the lives of other people, challenging structures of social and political oppression, promoting the health and wellbeing of the planet, acting in the service of diversity, justice and compassion;
  25. 25. Vision Statement recognize the need for community, affirming the importance of families, relationships and connections between and among the generations;
  26. 26. Vision Statement appreciate the value of spiritual practice as a means of deepening faith and integrating beliefs and values with everyday life;
  27. 27. Vision Statement experience hope, joy, mystery, healing, and personal transformation in the midst of life's challenges.
  28. 28. Opportunities <ul><li>Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Social Justice </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul>
  29. 29. Best Practices in Intergenerational Faith Formation
  30. 30. Best Practices in Multi generational Faith Development
  31. 31. Intergenerational can be defined as “two or more different age groups of people in a religious community together learning/growing/living in faith through in-common experiences, parallel learning, contributive occasions, and interactive sharing.” --James W. White
  32. 32. The Process <ul><li>In-Common Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Contributive-Occasions </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Sharing </li></ul>
  33. 33. Four Movement Learning Process <ul><li>All-Ages Learning Experience </li></ul><ul><li>In-Depth Learning Experience </li></ul><ul><li>All-Ages Contributive Learning Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul>
  34. 34. Designing Multigenerational Faith Development <ul><li>Gathering and Opening </li></ul><ul><li>All-Ages Learning Experience </li></ul><ul><li>In-Depth Learning Experience </li></ul><ul><li>All-Ages Contributive Learning (including Sharing Reflections & Home Application) </li></ul><ul><li>Closing </li></ul>
  35. 35. Best Practice 1. Intergenerational faith formation strengthens and creates new relationships and increases participation in church life.
  36. 36. Best Practice 2. Intergenerational faith formation engages all ages and the whole family in learning together.
  37. 37. Best Practice 3. Intergenerational faith formation creates a conducive environment for all ages to learn, and utilizes a variety of learning activities to address the diversity of learning styles and developmental needs.
  38. 38. Best Practice 4. Intergenerational faith formation requires a diversity of leaders who embrace a collaborative and empowering style of leadership.