The Good Ol’ Days are Gone, but God is Here to Stay

cross-generationalAt Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Pastor Ari and the Christian Formation Team recognize that we cannot keep doing Christian education the way it has always been done. This doesn’t mean we have done away with the traditional classroom model, but we have modified it and we’ve included elements throughout the program that capitalize on the size of our congregation, which lends itself to building relationships among the generations. We call this Cross+Generational Ministry, a kind of faith talk that brings people of different ages together to learn from one another.

For Sunday school, we use a curriculum, Spark, that follows the lectionary. In order for adults to talk with children about Sunday-school lessons, Pastor Ari also uses the lectionary to lead discussion with adults during the Sunday-school hour. To complete this bridge between the generations, each Sunday-school hour opens with a Cross+Generational gathering time in the sanctuary. Presenters offer students of all ages, an overview of the lectionary lesson. In addition to our classroom model of Christian Education, we bring generations together often during the year for Cross+Generational activities and service projects. We do all these activities with the goal of building caring relationships between children and adults and all of us and God.