CER Youth Ministry Resources for Multigenerational Relationships

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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.

Best Practices

  • 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.

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About the Authors

Evin Carvill Ziemer

Evin serves the Central East Region in the areas of Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Intercultural Competency work and as Primary Contact for congregations in upstate and central New York. Evin holds a Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion and Bachelor of Arts from Carleton...

Shannon Harper

Shannon Harper joined the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office as Co-Director in the summer of 2022. Previously, Shannon worked with the Central East Region since the Fall of 2016.

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Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Shannon Harper

Resources Curated by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer (left), CER Program Manager for Youth Ministry and Shannon Harper (right), CER Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

Youth Inclusive Multigenerational Congregations Webinar