A project of the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team
Generation Gap: a lack of communication between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents, brought about by differences of tastes, values, outlook, etc. – Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition Unabridged
As followers of Christ we recognize the potential for transformation when Lifelong Christian Formation and Vocational Discernment are intentional practices in a faith community. Ever faithful to our call to leadership as members of the Body of Christ, the Episcopal Generations Project strives to:
- help the church engage a healthier pattern of inclusion and integration rather than segregation along lines of chronological age.
- identify rigid generation gaps that can result in disenfranchising rising generations and prevent older generations from sharing their gifts as mentors and leaders.
- bridge the gap to help congregations recognize the opportunities for transformation in transitioning to multigenerational, integrated, creative leadership in non-threatening ways.
The Mission Officers on our team are eager to work with you and your diocesan leaders to continue your faithful journey in Christ.
Bronwyn Clark Skov – Team Leader, Officer for Youth Ministries
Youth Ministry calls for passion, patience, and faithfulness. We point out the sacred in the midst of the chaos of adolescence. We walk faithfully with young people as they transition from child to young adult. Youth ministry is a bridging ministry of education, connection, formation and hopefully, transformation.
Jason Sierra – Officer for Young Adult Leadership and Vocations
Young adult ministries provide mentoring communities to support 18-30 year olds in making the transition from adolescence to an independent and articulate spirituality and Christian identity through leadership development and vocational discernment. Ministering to a specific subset of young adults, campus ministries seek to nurture a culture where students can be strengthened as disciples, imagine and explore new possibilities for ministry, and be mentored by strong Christian leaders.
Ruth-Ann Collins – Lifelong Christian Formation
Lifelong Christian Faith Formation is intentional, ongoing growth in the knowledge, service and love of God as followers of Christ, and is informed by Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. This ministry supports congregations, dioceses and provinces by assisting laity and clergy to respond to formational and educational needs of children, adults and older adults.
Our mission and ministry is in partnership with many networks. Check out the links to the left for more information.
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all generations may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– adapted from Prayer for the Human Family – BCP 815