Generations Community is an InterGenerational Church. We take our vision from Psalms 78:4
We will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
His power, and the wonders He has done.
We believe that the most fundamental understanding of God is; God IS Love.
We believe that the family, when done God’s way, is the best expression of His love.
We believe that family is meant to be InterGenerational. You might wonder; what does intergenerational mean? It means so much more than just multigenerational. We think of Generations Community as a “Stew” church.
Most churches are either all young folks or all senior adults. When a church has ore than one generation present these age groups often don’t interact much. They may even try to avoid stepping on each other toes because it is easier that way. We think of that kind of church as a “salad” church. There are different generational ingredients: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. Each generation is in the same bowl that is a local church. Generations may even have to touch each other but they really don’t influence each other much.
We are a stew. When you make a stew you still have lots of different generational ingredients: roast beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and whatever else you like. In a stew the flavor of the roast beef gets in the carrots and the flavor of the carrots gets into the potatoes and the flavor of the potatoes gets in the onions. In the end, the roast beef is still roast beef and the onions are still onions but all the ingredients have been enriched by sharing their “flavor” with each other. All the ingredients are better for the influence of the other ingredients. That’s what intergenerational church is all about.
We don’t just have five generations of people, we have five generations of people supporting, encouraging and ultimately enriching each other. We have been doing it like this for a very long time. Generations Community is over 100 years old. You don’t last that long without figuring out a few things along the way.
We have been raising up the Next Generation to follow God, empowering them to lead and ultimately helping them prepare to pass the church off for a long time now. Sometimes it’s messy. Sometimes it is the greatest thing in the world but it is always real and it is always about loving and serving like Jesus.
We aren’t the coolest church in town, nor are we your parent’s church. We are a gathering of real people, with messy lives, that are committed to being family together and loving each other warts and all. We put a high priority on strong children and teen ministries. We put a strong emphasis on loving and caring for each other and our community.