About the Kid Table

Brad M. Griffin | Aug 3, 2010

This weeks E-Journal includes a feature from Kara that puts in writing some concepts weve been including in our FYI speaking and consulting for a couple of years now, in particular the metaphor of the Kid Table and the 5:1 Ratio.

A few years ago we wrote this article as we were beginning to explore a theology, or more specifically an ecclesiology, of intergenerational youth ministry. In it we included the following list to help describe what we mean when we talk about intergenerational. What would you add/change/delete?

  1. Ministry strategies are sensitive to the developmental resources of children and adults of all stages as they relate to the Christian formation and development of teenagers.
  2. Ministry strategies recognize the developmental resources of teenagers to contribute to the Christian formation and development of children and adults.
  3. Ministry strategies foster relationships within and between generational boundaries.
  4. Ministry strategies recognize both top-down (originating with the senior leadership) and bottom-up (originating with congregational members or staff) influences in shaping the life of the congregation.
  5. Ministry strategies promote intergenerational hospitality.
  6. Ministry strategies promote intergenerational worship.
  7. Ministry strategies lend themselves to intergenerational service.
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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