The Timeless Story Across the Ages: New for Every Generation Open Access

Gray, Susan (Spring 2020)

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Intergenerational ministry expert, James Frazier, argues, “The best way to be formed in Christ is to sit among the elders, listen to their stories, break bread with them, and drink from the same cup, observing how these earlier generations of saints ran the race, fought the fight, and survived in grace.”[1]There is a silo effect happening in many American churches where generations are being divided up and segregated by age. The lack of intergenerational interaction is detrimental to faith development and the overall health and vitality of the local congregation. It is my assertion that bringing the generations together for worship will deepen the sense of belonging for our younger  people and help people all ages to become comfortable interacting with those outside of their age group. In bringing the generations together in worship, it is my argument that both the church and individuals will be spiritually healthier as relationships are formed across generational lines. 



[1]Holly Catteron Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic of Intervarsity Press, 2012), 17.

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