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If you knew that a large proportion of your congregational membership were to leave in the next 10-15 years and not go to any other church, what would you do? This is happening in churches right now, right across our country, not so much with adult members (though they also contribute to statistical drop out) but with our youth.
Research indicates that one factor that can help mitigate this loss is a greater emphasis in our churches on recapturing  the importance and strategic place of ‘intergenerational ministry’.
Research indicates that not only do youth and children benefit socially, emotionally, practically and spiritually from increased intergenerational engagement, butyoung adults,adults and seniors do also. In fact, the whole body of Christ is only diminished in its potential when the opportunity for mutual disciple making that flows from intergenerational influence and accessibility is limited.
This paper investigates the core issues relating to the importance of intergenerational ministry, through evidence based research, combined with theologically sound practice, and make eight key proposals for churches and individuals to consider as they seek to realign their ministry focus around
growing this important ministry.
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