Spiritual Formation in an Intergenerational Community 2018 (Karen Warner)

 GL18 Spiritual formation in an intergenerational community 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 eight-month period. These initial thoughts could be shared with your own supervisor/mentor/spiritual director/coach.

Within the first three 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 five months:

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? Journal your thoughts. You may like to discuss this with your own supervisor/mentor/spiritual director/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, 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 eight months:

Reflection Guide

Use the five questions in the Reflection Guide as a basis to aid your reflection with readings. You might find it helpful to use your response to these questions as conversation starting points when you meet with your own supervisor/mentor/spiritual director/coach (our assumption is you have some sort of accountability meeting at least once every two months).

By 12 October, write a reflection (1000 words, or a 10 minute vlog). Share 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. Submit this to the Facilitator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You might also like to share this with your Elders or supervisor/mentor/spiritual director/coach.

Feel free to email or phone the Facilitator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) thoughts or questions at any time through the eight months.

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 30 October 2017]

Event Properties

Event Date 12-02-2018
Event End Date 12-10-2018
Registration Start Date 01-11-2017
Cut off date 01-02-2018
We are no longer accepting registration for this event


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