Bringing All Ages Together in Worship and at Home
By Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove
1 out of every 10 teenagers will still be in the church in their twenties. Why? What happened? What didn’t happen? What can we do to change this trend? Who stayed? Why did they stay? Over the past 15 years lots of research and study has been done to help explain the reasons behind those leaving the church building and those leaving their faith entirely.
Everyone says, “Of course we want younger people in our church,” but the authentic and foundational approaches we are currently using are more focused on numbers than Jesus. We want a person in a pew, not a person seeking God.
There is not a “one size fits all” response to these shifts (or I would be making a lot more money). We will take time to engage in conversation that will help understand both the big (generational theories, technology, and structural shifts) and small (books, resources, and ministries) picture ways to faithfully respond to being “church” in intentional, intergenerational ways in 2018.
Bio: Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove Minister of Family & Children’s Ministries at Disciples Home Mission, Part-Time Pastor at Independence Christian Church, KY. Rev. Dr. Updegrove is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She attended seminary at Lexington Theological Seminary and completed her doctoral work at Claremont School of Theology with an emphasis in preaching. She has worked with kids, youth, and young adults at various stages of her ministry, and has a deep passion for biblical education for all ages as a foundation for deeper spiritual growth. She has two children’s books published, “What is God?” “Who is Jesus?” and “Where is Holy?” http://revoliviabryan.wix.com/whatisgodstories, and docfamiliesandchildren.org