Intergenerational ministry nurtures Christ-centered community by bringing together two or more generations in planned and purposeful settings, where all are mutually-invested.
At Ebenezer, we have a rich history that is carried in our seniors and imparted in our children, teens, young adults and adults. We value intergenerational relationships and community at a core philosophical level. It is not something that we do – it is something that we are.
“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:10-13 (NIV)
“His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:50 (NIV)
Ministry takes on many forms. Worshipping, serving, learning from, teaching, and fellowshipping with Christians of all ages is important for both faith development and church community.
It is from these relationships that we learn to:
- Know what it means to tend to the needs of others
- Extend hospitality in numerous ways
- Give of myself rather than think about myself
- Look beyond the obvious to what is inside a person
- Study the Word of God deeply, going beyond the words on the page to the true meaning
- Make the Word of God relevant to my life, applying it to make me more like Jesus
- Recognize the power of prayer
- Understand that life isn’t perfect, but that God is
- Set an example for others to use the talents God blessed us with for His glory