In the past our congregations separated the children and youth from the adult congregation becoming the “upstairs” congregation and the “downstairs” congregation. Today we recognize that our communities better serve the needs of all people by creating intentionally multigenerational communities. Without multigenerational relationships, teens are separated from the very relationships most able to help them grow to maturity.
- Include youth with intention and care
- Do an assessment of all areas of the life of your congregation including worship, pastoral care, social justice, community life, and faith formation. Where are the opportunities for more multigenerational connection?
- Look to create mentoring connections between youth and adults. This can be done formally or informally
- Help youth find a way to serve that gives them joy. Youth have many skills and abilities. Serving helps give them purpose, meaning, and a chance to grow
- Adults serving as direct role models, mentors, and guides should meet your congregation’s Safe Congregations requirements and be healthy, present, and safe
Learn much more about forming Multigenerational Congregations here.
- Youth Inclusive Multigenerational Ministries Webinar
- Youth led Sunday services
- Examples of ways youth can serve from First Parish Arlington
- Youth joining as members