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Engage All Generations suggests how every church can build on its potential and become a more vibrant witness ofengageallgens3b God’s Kingdom. Divided into three sections, the book focuses on key growth edges in the unfolding conversation about intergenerational ministry: Learning and Growing Together, Praying and Playing Together, and Leading and Changing Together.

Practical, accessible, encouraging, and thought-provoking, this book provides the crucial next building block in our understanding of intergenerational ministry. It is sure to benefit congregations already engaged in fostering intergenerational approaches and those desiring to experiment with becoming intentionally intergenerational.

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Like good intergenerational ministry, Engage All Generations has something for everyone. Whether you’re new to the party or you’ve been tearing it up on the intergenerational dance floor for years, the wise practitioners in this book invite you to more deeply consider the current state of all-age ministry and to try out some moves that they’ve been practicing in their contexts. So join the party-and don’t be afraid to attempt something new as you make your way onto the dance floor.  ―David M. Csinos, Assistant Professor, Atlantic School of Theology, founder of Faith Forward

Intergenerational Ministry is still in its infancy as a discipline. Engage All Generations helps with the maturation process by bringing together biblical, theological, theoretical, and practical ideas to be considered and experimented with. These ideas will no doubt be a significant catalyst for further learning and development in the dialogue around intergenerationality.  ―Gareth Crispin, Lecturer in Practical Theology, Cliff College, UK

Engage All Generations is a very helpful, informative, and resourceful collection of essays on the intergenerational church. The topics and issues covered address a wide range of theological, pastoral, and developmental insights to be considered in clarifying strategies for an integrated ministry for all ages. The commitment and passion expressed by the contributors is encouraging and representative of the importance of embracing the benefits of being an intergenerational church. ―Dr. Paul Pearce, Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions (CHAT), Vancouver, BC

If you are looking for practical and creative ways to engage all generations in the church, look no further. This newest book from Intergenerate is a gathering of stories and experiences that together cast vision, invite creative practices, and equip ministry leaders as they explore a new way of being for the church, one where all generations come together as the church to live life together as faithful followers of Christ. As the subtitle states, this compilation of essays is truly a strategic toolkit-one that can shape the foundation of church life. ―Mimi L. Larson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry, Wheaton College

In this book, Cory Seibel and his team of contributors have wonderfully illustrated for the Church the why, when, and how of Intergenerational ministry. ―Ron deVries, Christian Reformed Church in North America Youth Ministry Catalyzer, Ambassador for ThereforeGo Ministries

The shared vision cast in these pages will heighten our imagination for becoming the body of Christ. The authors embrace interdependence across the generations as the foundation for ministry design. Providing theory, practice, and leadership examples, this book beckons us to invest in community faith formation and discover the Spirit’s transforming movement among us. ―Dr. Sharon Galgay Ketcham, author of Reciprocal Church, professor at Gordon College, MA

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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

Book Chapters: 

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  • 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).

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