Spiritual Formation in an Intergenerational Community 2017 (Karen Warner)

1. Learning Experience

The purpose of this option is to help you reflect on and develop your understanding and practice of intergenerational issues within your own church context.

In the first few weeks, as you begin:

1. Email the Facilitator, Karen Warner, to introduce yourself: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Think about and record (journal) your current beliefs on the following:

What is the place and purpose of spiritual formation and Christian education in the church?

Is intergenerational engagement important for spiritual formation and Christian education and if so, how and where should it happen?

What does Scripture say about these topics?

This is for your personal use only and is to give you points on which to reflect on as you journey through this twelve-month period. These initial thoughts could be shared with your coach.

Within the first four months:

1. Read:

Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the whole church together in ministry, community and worship (Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2012) Buy from Manna Christian StoresBook Depository.com or borrow from the Carey library.

Philip Mounstephen and Kelly Martin, Body Beautiful? Recapturing a Vision for All-age Church (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2004) – this is a booklet. Buy from Grove Books or borrow from the Carey Library.

John Roberto, “Our Future is Intergenerational,” Christian Education Journal 9 (2012): 105-120. Journal article available from the Facilitator.

Journal your thoughts and impressions.

2. Meet with or talk to a pastor who is developing a strategy for intergenerational spiritual formation. Write up what you have learned and how this could impact your own ministry or church. If possible visit a family oriented life group or a church event where all ages are present and learning together. Speak with the Facilitator for a list of churches you can contact.

The Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide has five questions that can be helpful as a basis to aid your reflection as you read books and articles and engage with other content – the questions can be used as a lens for each chapter, section, or an entire book. Your response to these questions could make excellent conversation starting points when you meet with your coach, who is a dialogue partner as you engage with this material (meet with them at least twice within these first four months).

Over the next six months:

2. Reflection

1. Return to your original thoughts on intergenerational engagement and spiritual formation. How have your views been challenged from what you have read and seen, where has your understanding grown and how has this impacted your ministry practice? Discuss this with your coach.

2. Choose one option from the following:


a) Run an All Age/Intergenerational Service at your church that reflects your new understanding of this topic. Feel free to ask for assistance from your facilitator, coach or another pastor in your area. If possible ask your coach to attend and give you feedback.


b) Develop a church-wide strategy for intergenerational spiritual formation and the fostering of intergenerational community. Think weekdays as well as Sunday. Talk through your ideas with your coach and/or fellow pastoral staff or elders.

Throughout the ten months:

3. Coach

At the start of this ten-month unit choose a coach who can talk with you and help you engage with this topic. You will need to meet with this person either in person or via phone or Skype. They need to be willing to journey with you regularly over the ten-month period. Ideally you should meet at least once every two months. It would be helpful for this person to also read the texts so that you can discuss the topic more fully. Email this Guide to Coaching page to a potential coach to see that they are willing and able to work with you throughout the ten months.

When you meet discuss what you have learned from your reading, observed from your visit, your experience planning and running the service and your journal entries. Using the Lifelong Learning for Registration Reflection Guide to prepare before coaching sessions could be helpful.

By 15 November:

Email your facilitator with your impressions of the texts and the assignments. Include how your beliefs have been challenged or changed and how this has impacted your ministry practice. Include your experiences of engaging with your coach.

Facilitator: Karen Warner


Karen is the National Team Leader for Baptist Children and Family Ministry. She has a background in education and children’s ministry and has served on both Assembly Council and the C&F Executive team.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the facilitator of this Spiritual formation in an intergenerational community option if you have specific questions about this option.

Email Andrea or Mike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any general questions about Lifelong Learning or Baptist Leaders' Registration.

PARTICIPANTS: Up to a maximum of 20 at any time.

COST: This course is free for registered Baptist Leaders. All other registrants will be email invoiced NZD$50 per Guided Learning option.

[updated 28 February 2017]

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Event Date 01-02-2017
Event End Date 15-11-2017




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