Well, if you share anything in common with me, you might be thinking something along the line of… Generational Church, I have enough issues with the Junior High students getting along with the Senior High Students. But I would challenge you to take a broader look at this and maybe change your perspective some areas and provide a suggestion in others.

Currently you have some inter-generational church going on… think about it for a minute. It doesn’t matter if you run a weekly worship service, mission projects, bible studies, small groups or Sunday School type classes we generally don’t have students of the same age teaching/leading their peers. I would agree that they can have a role in the teaching process but they are not the point on teacher.

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1. Teachers: I assume if you are like me, you have more than one teacher. We have six Sunday school teachers of various age and experience teaching in our monthly rotation

2. Prayer warriors: believe it or not… you have people in your church, maybe they are the student’s parents, grandparents, or some elderly person who prays daily for your ministry and some churches have a prayer team that holds you and your ministry in prayer.

3. Drivers and chaperones: I am assuming you don’t have students driving students to retreat or to camp and I pray your junior high students aren’t driving themselves to events… We often find great appreciation when we have parents or adults willing to drive a van full of students to an event.

4. Host and go to parents: You know what I am talking about here. We all have a group of people or parents who we can go to for help with a scholarship or a home to do a dinner or meeting in. They play important roles in our ministry.

Grow from there… maybe the above list has triggered some thoughts in your ministry mind and you can celebrate the victory of inter-generational ministry but I doubt it is a place to settle and feel comfortable. Let’s push the envelope open a bit and add to our ministry.

1. What other areas of your ministry needs some support?
a. Get a big easel or dry erase board and write every position you have a need for.

2. What other people groups in your church can you minister to?
a. Can you create cards or sign cards during your hang out time to send to shut-ins (home bound) or the elderly?

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3. Who is investing in your life?
a. Paul had Barnabas and Timothy… you need someone too and it might be a more mature person in your church or community.

I hope you are encouraged by this post and can celebrate your inter-genrationalness and challenge yourself to expand the efforts. I really don’t think it is an all or none mind-set as much as a partnering in life and ministry with very gifted and often missed potential volunteers or ministry partners. Sometimes we need to talking smaller steps is easier than total leaps that we have little or no control over.

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