Leaders in home and congregation have a strong understanding of the nature and practices of effective child, youth and family ministry and their role within it.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10
God’s grace shapes and informs everything we do in our homes and congregations. It is the starting point for all that God has prepared for us to do. In his grace, God has made you to be a leader who makes a difference in the world for his purposes.
Our world is constantly changing, as leaders we need to be intentional about noticing the culture of the people and of the time. We need to understand our context so we know how to lead and serve most effectively.
Shaping culture and being open to learning are two critical roles for leaders. Being teachable means learning from both God and the wealth of gifts already present in the congregation.
Current research is very helpful for leaders in homes and congregations understand the kinds of issues children, youth and families are facing in the 21st century.
Research has shown that by building intergenerational relationships in our congregations children and young people have an increased sense of belonging to the community and their faith.
The aim of intergenerational ministry is to bring the whole church together in worship, service and community. This allows us to engage all people with the transformational good news of Jesus Christ.