The Church of All Ages

An exploration of the practices and purposes of intergenerational worship, including chapters on biblical foundations for intergenerational worship, worship planning suggestions, reflections on preaching to an intergenerational gathering, the role of drama and storytelling in intergenerational community, and more.

By:
Howard Vanderwell    
Publisher:
Alban Institute, 2008

Many congregations today experience collisions between parents who want to spend time with their children and age-segregated church programming, as well as between the children worshiping in their pews and the increasing number of seniors in the same pew. Among the questions these congregations struggle to address are these: Should we try to hold the generations together when we worship/ Is it even possible?

Led by pastor and resource developer Howard Vanderwell, nine writers--pastors, teachers, worship planners, and others serving in specialized ministries--offer their reflections on issues congregational leaders need to address as they design their worship ministry. In addition, numerous sidebars illustrate the diversity of practices in the church today. Contributors do not propose easy answers or instant solutions. Rather, they guide readers as they craft ministries and practices that fit their own community, heritage, and history. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and group discussion, and an appendix provides guidelines for small group use.

The thread that connects these varied contributions is the belief that there is no greater privilege for Christians than worshiping God, and there is no better way to do that than as an intergenerational community in which all are important and all encourage and nurture the faith of the others.

This book explores the practices and purposes of intergenerational worship. It includes chapters on biblical foundations for intergenerational worship, worship planning suggestions, reflections on preaching to an intergenerational gathering, the role of drama and storytelling in intergenerational community, and more.

 

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About the Author

Howard Vanderwell

Howard Vanderwell is a Resource Development Specialist of Pastoral Leadership for CICW and an adjunct professor of worship at Calvin Theological Seminary. For forty years, he served four Christian Reformed congregations as pastor and shared responsibility over planning two separate worship services weekly for the congregation. After he left the pastorate, he turned his attention to teaching and mentoring others in the process of worship and planning. He has co-authored a variety of materials on this subject, including a book which he co-authored with his long-time colleague and staff member, Norma deWaal Malefyt, Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning. Read more »
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