In a recent interview on the website PARSE, which is run by Christianity Today, Kara Powell, Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and co-author of the book “Sticky Faith”, responded as follows to this question
4) How would you advise pastors and church leaders to create a healthy culture where faith is nurtured?
Another one of our key Sticky Faith findings is the power of intergenerational relationships. Sadly, we in the church have ended up segregating (and that’s not a verb I use lightly) the generations. We are well-intentioned, and there is certainly a time and a place for age-based ministries that are developmentally-targeted. One of my life mantras is that balance is something we swing through on our way to the other extreme. The typical church has swung too far to the extreme of generational segregation.
Following the wisdom of my colleague, Chap Clark, we encourage all families and congregations to make sure each young person is surrounded by five adults. Five adults who are on their team. Five adults who pray for them, who show up at soccer games, and who will be there for them when they stumble and fall in their faith. Not only do these cross-generational relationships change young people, they also bring greater life and vitality to adults and entire congregations.