Student Ministry Intergenerational Faith Community
Last Updated on 07 August 2012
We believe that all students need to be a part of an Intergenerational Faith Community. According to Mark DeVries, the most important priority a church can have in its work with teenagers and children is to provide them with opportunities for “significant dialogue and relationships with mature Christian adults.” We believe that there is no such thing as a successful youth ministry that isolates teenagers from the community of faith.1
Rather than the occasional or haphazard crossing of paths between adults, children and teenagers, our church makes intergenerational relationships between adults and children of all ages a high priority. We strive to keep all children and students involved in an ongoing intergenerational community of faith. CCC’s intergenerational small groups (Growth Groups) provide a secure lifelong structure. These small groups integrate whole households—mothers, fathers, widows, singles, and children of all ages, including teens and kids whose parents are not involved—into the same "faith family." The relationships nurtured by this “web of relationships with adults” is one of the most effective ways to help lead young people to Christian maturity. We beleive there is no such thing as a successful youth ministry that isolates teenagers from the community of faith. 2 “It is the caring attentiveness of the older generation to the younger that is likely to make the most significant difference in the lives of the teenagers we touch.” 3
1 Mark DeVries, Family-Based Youth Ministry, 2nd ed., rev. and exp., (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 56, 142, 103.
2 Ben Freudenburg and Rick Lawrence, The Family-Friendly Church, (Loveland, CO: Vital Ministry, 1998), 112.