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Reversing Age Segregation

Why the generations need to be together.
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Over the past hundred years, our society has begun to separate families and segregate age groups more and more. Age-graded public education, the movement from extended to nuclear family, and the prevalence of retirement and nursing homes for older persons and preschools for the young have contributed to a widespread segregation of young and old.

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Topics:Emergent, Generational differences, Generations, Missional, Service, Unity
Filters:Emergent ministry, Evangelism, Generational ministry, Outreach, Pastor, Pastoral care, Seniors ministry, Social justice, Young adults ministry, Youth ministry
References:Exodus 12:26-27, Proverbs 3:1-2, Mark 16:15, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

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Mike Dickson

June 19, 2014  12:48am

Couldn't disagree with first anonymous more. Children, youth, teens learn good values, behaviors, play and life skills best from their parents and the community of all ages; these are provided by that families social circle. There has been a Satanic move forever to separate from divine authority. Every adult was a child. Every parent was a teen. It is wrong to suggest that mom and dad can provide for your food, clothing and shelter but your secret emotional life needs to be tended to by other impressionable, immature young people. That's what you're saying in essence. Nonsense. Dads especially have gotten a pass from getting too connected to their children. That is largely why we have the immature youth problem today, with Christian and non Christian young men primarily focused on discovering a woman's body rather than discovering God's unique adventure for their lives. Perspective, balance, commitment and seasoning are some key things only parents can bring.

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April 23, 2012  6:52pm

I agree that children should not be marginalized, and that the only way they will feel connected to a community is through active involvement. However, let's be sure not to turn these ideas into another form of "helicopter parenting." During the teen years, one of the biggest challenges facing families is the teens' need to separate from the parents in a safe environment. I can think of no better way of fostering this than through youth groups. Teens prefer the company of other teens in learning to become themselves, and youth groups provide a wholesome place for this journey. I would even say that it is best if the teens can be part of a confidential group, where their secrets are kept safe, and where they can feel free to talk about anything, even sex or substances, with no fear that their confidences will be reported back to hovering parents.

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March 18, 2012  10:13am

Thank you very much for sharing. Churches need to hear this. I thought I might have been the only person who thought along these lines. Just recently, I heard on a gospel Radio Station, music played, and greetings sent out to the elderly. My thought was "what rubbish". I utterly dislike this sort of thing, and in no way at all, would I support it, either in the world systems, or our churches. I really think it encourages segregation of humans; division in many churches. Father God, I pray that You will remove this sickness from our churches, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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