Join Us for InterGenerate 2019

Registration is now open for the InterGenerate Conference 2019, which is scheduled to take place May 20-22 in Nashville, TN. If you’re not familiar with this conference, our website describes it this way: InterGenerate is a conference designed for both practitioners and academics seeking to enhance life-long faith formation through intergenerational Christian experiences. Senior pastors,…

How I Got Here: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of My Ordination

Today is a significant milestone for me: 20 years have now passed since my ordination service took place on August 16, 1998 at Indian River Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. I am someone who tends to pay attention to significant dates and to harness them as opportunities for reflection. Today has been no exception. I’ve…

InterGenerate Now Available: Order your copy today!

  Today is the official release date for InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry. This book, which includes contributions from an outstanding cast of scholars and practitioners from across the world, is a great resource for anyone who… …is interested in a well-rounded, accessible introduction to intergenerational ministry. …has previously read Intergenerational Christian Formation or…

What I’m Working On: an exciting yearlong study

For several years, I’ve been eager to gain more experience as a qualitative researcher–to get out into the “field” and spend time interviewing people. The moment of opportunity for me to do this arose recently. I learned of a church in the area–we’ll call it “Emmaus Church”–that was preparing to transition from two services each…

Recent Feature in GenOn Ministries Newsletter

Throughout 2018, I am participating in a specially-formed Advisory Council for GenOn Ministries, a US-based organization committed to “Equipping Christian communities for discipleship through intergenerational relationships.” Recently, GenOn provided me the opportunity to share a bit about my own passion and work in their monthly newsletter. You can read the brief article featuring my reflctions,…

“One More Reason Cross-Generational Connections are Important”

Several weeks back, I contributed an article entitled “Three Reasons Why Cross-Generational Connections are Important” to the Youth Ministry Unleashed blog. Recently, I followed this up with an additional article, “One More Reason Cross-Generational Connections are Important”. If you haven’t seen it already, I encourage you to check it out!

My March 2015 Pastor’s Pen Article

Here in the article I shared with our Central Baptist Church congregation in our March newsletter: To this day, I remember with fondness many of the adults who influenced my life during my years growing up in the church. This group includes the Korean War veteran who taught my Grade 5 Sunday school class, the…

“Three Reasons Why Cross-Generational Connections Are Important”

Recently, I was invited by Dr. Ron Powell to contribute an article to the Youth Ministry Unleashed blog. This article explores “Three Reasons Why Cross-Generational Connections Are Important.” You can access it here. I have written a follow-up article that will be posted on the Youth Ministry Unleashed site near the end of April. I will…

Communicating Across the Generational Divide, Part 1

Communicating with people of other generations isn’t always easy. I have been reminded of this on a number of occasions in recent months. More than once, I’ve heard from seniors in our church that they were intimidated by the prospect of attempting to build relationships with younger people. “I can’t imagine that we’d have anything…