Killing Church Softly: How Age-and-Stage Ministry Is Killing the Church

Breakout from Jason Santos | There is a growing concern in our nation around the hemorrhaging of youth and young adults from our congregations. Perhaps, however, we shouldn’t be so surprised. For the last half-century, we’ve increasingly formed our children and youth through developmentally centered, peer-oriented ministry programs that removed them from the corporate life of the church. Recent research suggests that we might have taken the ages and stages model of ministry a little too far. This workshop explores the history of that trend through generational and identity formation theories that shed light on the problem and offer insight toward a more communal understand of discipleship which is most faithfully cultivated through intentional intergenerational spiritual formation.