“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)
Chuck Stecker is the founder of A Chosen Generation, and he believes that all generations, young and old, have something to contribute to the church. That’s why his organization seeks to provide strategies and resources for leaders who want to strengthen the intergenerational culture of their churches.
Today, we’re talking to Chuck about fostering a church culture that brings generations together. It’s essential that the older generation (or the “encore generation,” as Chuck calls it) stays active in the church. And we don’t mean being involved in seniors-only ministries—we mean being involved in discipleship ministries with kids, students, teens, and young adults. The encore generation has so much to give! It’s time that we encourage them to keep hold of their baton and continue their race.
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1) Intergenerational ministry seeks to create a transformational culture that brings all generations together. Young people need older people who are willing to disciple them and pour into their lives. Likewise, many older people need to feel like they still have a purpose.
2) There’s a difference between passing the baton and passing the mantle of leadership. Passing the baton means finishing the race and moving off the track. You can’t finish a race if you quit before the finish line. Seniors need to pass the mantle of leadership but continue to partner with the younger generation.
3) Living for God’s legacy is the goal. Too many seniors live for their own legend and not God’s legacy. Instead of being concerned about what people will remember about us, we need to focus on what people will remember about God when we’re gone.
4) Great performers are prepared for the encore. Performers know they’ll be remembered for their encore, not their primary performance. The encore portion of your life is the most important, so take advantage of the opportunities God has given you.
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