Virtually all churches aim to invest meaningfully in the faith development of the younger generations who have been entrusted into their care. Some churches have a longstanding track record of faithfulness in living out this commitment. Some lose sight of this priority over time and allow their intentionality to fade. This book makes a distinctive contribution to our understanding of children’s, youth, and young adult ministries by appropriating Erik Erikson’s concept of generativity (“the interest in establishing and guiding the next generation”) as a way of exploring congregational life. Eleven accomplished authors representing five different countries provide diverse theological and cultural perspectives on key aspects of what it means for churches to invest intentionally in the faith development of the members of emerging generations. Their chapters challenge us to think about the intergenerational dynamics of our churches, the crucial partnership between church and parents, and what it means to involve young people meaningfully in the life of the church. The intriguing topics explored by this group of authors—and the diverse contexts from which they write—promise to broaden and enrich our thinking about caring for children, youth, and young adults as a vital responsibility shared by the entire congregation.
“Dr. Seibel and the contributors to The Generative Church have given the church, particularly the Western church, a gift. This gift is not found only in the wisdom offered us by the authors, but by their vision of a church that promotes life and flourishing for all who will recognize God’s kingdom at work in and through intergenerational community. The Generative Church offers an essential guide to embracing the intergenerational opportunity before us.”—Quentin P. Kinnison, Associate Professor of Christian Ministry, Chair of the Biblical & Religious Studies Division, Fresno Pacific University
“Nothing short of the future of the church. As a university president, I am invested in seeing the next generation flourish, find belonging and significance within their church communities. Accessible, well-written, and thought-provoking, The Generative Church is an important read for those of us in leadership who seek to empower future generations for the gospel of Christ.”—Melanie Humphreys, President, The King’s University, Edmonton, Canada
- Seibel, C. L., “The Intergenerationally Sticky Church,” in InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry, ed. Holly Allen (Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2018).
- Seibel, C. L., “From Multigenerational to Intergenerational,” in InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry, ed. Holly Allen (Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2018).
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
- Seibel, C. L. 2018. “Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: An Intergenerational Perspective,” Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith (February 13, 2018).
- Seibel, C. L. 2017. “There Arose Another Generation: Learning from Atheistic and Agnostic Nones Who Have Left the Church,” Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith (February 17, 2017).
- Seibel, C. L. & Nel, M., 2010, Generation X, intergenerational justice and the renewal of the traditioning process, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 66(2), Art. #876, 7 pages
- Seibel, C. L. 2019, “Still Bearing Fruit: Growing in Christ in Older Adulthood as We Follow Jesus Together,” Christian Leader Magazine (May/June 2019).
- Seibel, C. L. 2017. “They That Mourn: How We Can Bless the Remarkable Senior Adults Among Us,” Christian Leader Magazine (November/December 2017), 15-16. (Click here to access a print copy of this publication: CL-20171112-Nov201-Dec2017)
- Seibel, C. L. 2017. “The Gift of Children,” The Bridge 58/1 (Spring/Summer 2017), 7-9.
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. “One More Reason Cross-Generational Connections are Important”, Youth Ministry Unleashed site.
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. “Three Reasons Why Cross-Generational Connections are Important”, Youth Ministry Unleashed site.
- Seibel, C. L. 2013, “Faith that sticks: Intergenerational relationships help youth develop a lasting faith”, Christian Leader Magazine 76(2), pp. 14-16.
- Seibel, C.L. 2009. Intergenerational Reconciliation and Justice as Essential Dimensions of Missional Renewal in the Post-modern Transition, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Pretoria.
- Seibel, C.L. 2003. Developing an Assimilation Policy for Grace Baptist Church, Grand Forks, unpublished MTh dissertation, Spurgeon’s College.
- Seibel, C. L. 2016. Review of Amidei, J. Merhaut, & J. Roberto. Generations Together. Christian Education Journal 13/1 (2016).
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. Review of Foster, C. R. From Generation to Generation: The Adaptive Challenge of Mainline Protestant Education in Forming Faith. McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 16 (2014-2015).
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. Review of Powe, D., Jr. & Smothers, J. R. Not Safe for Church. The Great Commission Research Journal 7/1 (2015), 101-104.
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. Review of Walker, M. Inter-Generational Youth Ministry, Direction Journal 44/1 (2015), 118-119.
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. Review of Erlacher, J. C. Millennials in Ministry, Evangelical Missions Quarterly 51/3 (2015).
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. Review of Raymo, J. & Raymo J., Millennials and Mission, Missionalia 43/1 (2015), 126-127.
- Seibel, C. L. 2015. Review of Bengston, V. L., Putney, N. M. & Harris, S. Families and Faith, Canadian Journal of Youth and Family 7(1), pp. 205-210.
- Seibel, C. L. 2014. Review of Allen, H. C. & Ross, C. L. Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, McMaster Journal of Theology and Ministry 15 (2013-2014).
- Seibel, C. L. 2003. Review of Rabey, S. In Search of Authentic Faith: How Emerging Generations are Transforming the Church, Missiology 31/1 (2003), 102.