A thought provoking post from Matt Deprez: All Churches are Multigenerational. Few are Intergenerational. It makes me stop and ponder how to help people from different generations walk across the room and engage with each other.
Yet, at the same time, we must speak to people in their own language. People will more readily come to faith if they don't have to cross artificial cultural and generational barriers.
For instance, I recently heard a young man say that our worship services are geared for his parents, but not him. I want it to be for him, but somehow, we're not speaking his language. I think we might do better in reaching out to people like him if we provided something more specifically targeted.
However, we really miss something significant when we hive off people into different ministry categories. The generations need each other. The younger people need the older folks for wisdom and stability. The older ones need the younger for creativity and energy.
Perhaps, to have effective evangelism as well as close, intergenrational community, congregations need to go both directions -- providing opportunities for specific groups (senior citizens, teens, young adults, single moms, etc.) along with opportunities to bring them together in strategic alliance to love and serve one another.