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House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps in Your Church

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Generational differences are nothing new in church. There have always been groups and subgroups within a congregation, divided according to age. Yet with the possible exception of their educational programs, congregations have generally practiced a "one-size-fits-all" approach to ministry and worship. Whichever group is dominant--generally the older members, although it can be the younger--sets the tone for musical styles, preaching emphases, and outreach focus. Frequently the non-dominant groups grow restless ...

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Overview

Generational differences are nothing new in church. There have always been groups and subgroups within a congregation, divided according to age. Yet with the possible exception of their educational programs, congregations have generally practiced a "one-size-fits-all" approach to ministry and worship. Whichever group is dominant--generally the older members, although it can be the younger--sets the tone for musical styles, preaching emphases, and outreach focus. Frequently the non-dominant groups grow restless and dissatisfied, leaving the church to find better opportunities of service and worship elsewhere. The result is often stagnation and decline. Bob Whitesel and Kent R. Hunter wrote this book to provide congregations with a clear understanding of the problems caused by generation gaps as well as to offer ideas for transforming the church into a healthy, growing, tri-generational structure.

Key Features: Author recognition; Addresses a very timely issue in a creative way; Offers a specific strategy for implementation in local churches

Key Benefits: Readers will gain an understanding of the major differences between the three major age/generational groups in most congregations; Readers will be offered a specific and practical seven step strategy for developing a healthy tri-generational church; Readers will find ways to not only live in peace within the household of faith, but to minister more effectively to community and world

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687091041
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Whitesel is a speaker, professor and award-winning writer on the organic church, missional leadership and church growth; who has been called by a national magazine: “the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today.” He holds two doctorates (D.Min. and Ph.D.) from Fuller Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Donald McGavran Award for “Outstanding Scholarship in Church Growth.” The author of nine books, his book Inside the Organic Church, Learning from 12 Emerging Congregations (Abingdon Press) was chosen by Outreach Magazine as a finalist for Resource of the Year in Postmodern Outreach. He serves as Professor of Missional Leadership at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University (www.wesley.indwes.edu ) and is a sought-after speaker and consultant (www.BobWhitesel.com ).
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 9
Pt. 1 The What and Why of the Tri-Gen Church
Ch. 1 How Generation Gaps Are Tearing Apart Our Churches 13
Ch. 2 The Aftermath of Generational Conflict 31
Ch. 3 Attitudes That Produce the Gaps 56
Ch. 4 When 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 82
Pt. 2 7 Steps to a Tri-generational Church
Ch. 5 Step 1: Envision Your Leadership, Church, and Community 105
Ch. 6 Step 2: Leading the Tri-generational Church 121
Ch. 7 Step 3: Identify the Needs of the Unchurched 144
Ch. 8 Step 4: Worship in a Tri-generational Format 161
Ch. 9 Step 5: Befriending and Inviting 188
Ch. 10 Step 6: Evaluate Your Success 202
Ch. 11 Step 7: Mobilizing Your Church for Transgenerational Prayer 222
Epilogue: Which Church Will Yours Be in the 21st Century? 238
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