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One Church, Four Generations: Understanding and Reaching All Ages in Your Church [Paperback]

By Gary L. McIntosh (Author)
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Helps pastors and church leaders understand the differences between generations in order to minister effectively to Builders, Boomers, Busters, and the new generation of Bridgers.

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The challenge facing today's church is simultaneous and effective ministry to people of four widely divergent generations. More than at any time in history, pastors must plan programs that will appeal to a mosaic of groups and subgroups. This updated edition of Three Generations: Riding the Waves of Change in Your Church adds an entirely new section on Bridgers, the youngest generation and perhaps the most difficult one to reach for Christ.
Characteristics, interests, and values of each group--Builders, Boomers, Busters, and Bridgers--are explored in relation to the historical events and social trends that have shaped them. McIntosh thoughtfully analyzes the factors that influence each generation's relationship to the church, and he gives helpful suggestions for types of ministry and worship styles to draw members of that group.
Helpful tables offer summaries of information relating to each generation, including formative experiences, religious characteristics, and methods of ministry. Pastors, church leaders, seminary professors, and students will find One Church, Four Generations a valuable resource in mapping out strategies for relevant church programming in the twenty-first century.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Baker Books
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2002
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  0801091373  
ISBN13  9780801091377  

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More About Gary L. McIntosh

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary L. McIntosh is president of the Church Growth Network and professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology. He leads seminars and has written several books, including Biblical Church Growth and Beyond the First Visit.

Gary L. McIntosh currently resides in La Midrada, in the state of California. Gary L. McIntosh was born in 1947.

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Must Read for Churches Undergoing Change or Transition  Nov 17, 2006
I led a discussion group where this book was the primary source, but not the only source, for understanding the viewpoints held by the generational groupings within our church. It was a great asset to everyone and aided us developing more unity within our ministries.
Different Generations, Different Sub-cultures  May 7, 2006
Before reading this book, I took generational differences for granted. While I knew there were generational gaps, my categories were a simplistic, 'young and old' and the differences on the continuum between that. After reading McIntosh, I am convinced that the 4 generations he outlines in One Church, Four Generations indeed have their own distinctive culture. Each generation has a shared social experience unique to their own experiences while growing up whether that be WWII, the civil rights movement, or the war on terrorism.

Coming at this book with a missiological background has proven helpful to me in applying lessons from this book. Ministry to another culture has now been deepened by my realization in reading this book that differences between the various age groups are large enough to make each a distinct sub-culture of its own. With the collapse of the extended family, and the weakening of the nuclear family due to globalization and the Industrial Revolution, generation-specific ministry niches may be our best hope for a church that represents all four generations. I'd argue for that being the initial thrust, followed by attempts to incorporate inter-generational ministry. The family is still the best target, as no other structure has endured so well across the generational boundaries.

Some unanswered questions I now have for further research are the following: Do parallel generation groups in different countries have more in common with each other than different generation groups of their own country? Are current generations qualified to be a distinct 'people group' in the missiological sense?

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