Intergenerational Ministry Can Change Your Church: 5 Ideas

January 9, 2017

Resolved: this will be the year our church reimagines our ministry with and for older adults. If you could have written that sentence, here are a few intergenerational ministry ideas to get you started:


1. Embrace the boom! Harness baby boomers’ desire for purpose and capacity for leadership by engaging them in ministry. A growing ministry movement focused on evangelizing unaffiliated boomers recognizes them as a potential source of church growth — and a key to attracting millennials.


2. Create a caregiver respite ministry. Give caregivers a break and those in their care an outing to anticipate. Here’s how one church did it.


3. Revitalize your entire congregation through intergenerational worship. A Fuller Youth Institute studyfound that fostering intergenerational relationships and worship is the most effective method of supporting mature faith in young people.


4. Become a dementia-friendly church. Join the international movement to be open and welcoming to people with dementia and their families. Visit for self-guided training materials and tools.


5. Recognize life transitions. Use ritual to mark and honor transitions: retirement; the transfer of care of a family member; the blessing of a new home.


Want to do more? Support Seabury by volunteering with usor by becoming a congregational partner in our work. Contact Elizabeth Boyd, Congregational Resources Coordinator,
Featured photo by Mel Aclaro. 

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