What does it mean to be a cross-generational church—a completely mobilized church? Explore practical advice for how to get there.
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Guest: Rev. Jeff Cloeter is an author and a parish pastor in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s a sixth-generation pastor whose ministry has also included camps, youth ministry, and church planting.
Introduction: What does it mean to be a cross-generational church—a completely mobilized church? Explore practical advice for how to get there.
- The struggle is real: 80% of the work is often done by 20% of the people
- The COVID pandemic has forced many churches to rethink ministry
- How to make cross-generational ministry—valuing and involving all the members—happen?
- Think of the body of the church and the personal nature of it—this isn’t present with technology
- Make the least-valued parts prized
- Young children
- Older adults
- Those with special needs
- Young adults
- Consider these points when you incorporate cross-generational activities:
- The challenge of a wide gap between the individuals’ abilities
- Ministry with and not for
- Multigenerational formats—empower and value those people
- It’s more work!
- Model what you want
- It’s worth it!
- Cross-generational service—how to get everyone involved, accessible
- Mission or service projects
- Leaders must model what they envision for their church
- Start with where you are, build as you go