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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Intentional intergenerational ministry practices discovered at Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri
by McCrary, Michael E., D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2014, 170; 3617857
Abstract (Summary)

The Church is the whole family of God. Many church leaders experience frustration when they try to minister to all generations. Churches face a challenging task in helping their people develop intergenerational relationships, especially with the relatively modern trend of segregating ages in churches. For hundreds of generations, one's family and faith communities have mainly transferred and nurtured faith in God. A great need exists for churches to develop an intentional intergenerational ministry strategy to help their people reach their God-designed potential. Intergenerational ministry is not a new method or concept, but God's design to nurture and transfer the story of redemption from generation to generation.

This project sought—through a seminar at Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri—to identify the intentional ministry practices of intergenerational churches. It established a theology of intergenerational ministry, provided an overview of the challenges facing intergenerational churches, and presented the essential ministry practices of intergenerational churches. Designed to equip leaders and laypersons with the knowledge, understanding, resources, and confidence to encourage age diversity in their churches, this project focused on key practices necessary for building unity within a church. The seminar successfully achieved its purpose, and leaders should consider using it to establish intergenerational churches.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Creps, Earl, Cotton, Roger
Commitee: Gill, Debbie, Guerreiro, Mario, Olena, Lois, Oleson, Ava, Oss, Doug, Taylor, Cheryl, Walls, Randy
School: Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Department: Doctor of Ministry Department
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Theology
Keywords: Age, Crossgenerational, Family ministry, Generation, Intergenerational, Missouri, Multigenerational
Publication Number: 3617857
ISBN: 978-1-303-85689-1
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