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Intergenerational Ministry

Jared Kirkwood

Our church made a significant step in intergenerational ministry a couple weekends ago. The Main Service allowed us to completely take over the church! We had students welcoming at all the entrances, students running the tech booth and video room, we had 25 students in the band/choir, and a student did announcements and led a game! Here is the comment I kept hearing from our production staff, "HSM took over big church and we didn't even sacrifice quality!"

While this is just a baby step in the direction we are heading, our church values students. We recognize that our students are the next generation and our church is better for it. Kenton Beshore, our senior pastor, caught me off guard that weekend as well. For the benediction, he stood before the church and had everyone extend a hand towards the students on stage and in the audience to commission them as the next generation of leaders in our community. He did it all 3 services, and I got emotional every single time.

Here is a snapshot of what I learned:

  • Our students can truly lead the church
  • This experience created genuine ownership for many students in our ministry
  • Parents love to see what we are doing in HSM
  • My staff is incredible and this was a monumental weekend for us

How are you stepping into intergenerational ministry? We don't have it all figured out, but we are actively seeking and taking steps in the right direction. I'd love to hear what you are doing in the comment section below.

And, if you are curious, here is the message I gave.