(2 by 2 paradigm- Service/Ministry)
If we were to mobilize communities of 2s or 3s, 2 or 3 single people, 2 or 3 couples, 2 or 3 families to infect this immediate culture, I believe we would see great return. If these same small communities joined other communities cross-generationally, they could grow through service sectors of our church, greeting, ushering, and nursery, whatever. We can also minister to the world via these small communities.
Instead of doing all missions trips demographically separated, I think it is a good idea to have a few be multigenerational. You can accomplish some specific goals with demographic specific missions trips like High School boys doing inner city mission work or Jr. High Students going to retirement homes to minister. But I think there are some holistic lessons we could learn through multigenerational ministry.
If the couples, the singles and the families all joined together for a missions trip to Peru for example, imagine the conversations that could take place between families, couples and singles. Real mentorship could emerge through these interactions because they are multigenerational. Deep bonding can take place as you accomplish a risky mission together.
If this same group composed of single, married and family oriented individuals served together in the church, I think you would increase the bond between people in the same congregation. Today, many ministries within the church are primarily composed of 1 or 2 generations even though the church may be multigenerational. I think we can do more to bridge the generation gap.
I believe our society wants to see a family that works. With broken families and marriages, our greatest witnessing tool can be a God fearing family. Most of our domestic delinquents come from broken home lives. Many young people have lost faith in the family and lost faith in Marriage. To a generation that rejects the institution of marriage, this is a great way to plug people into community that models a great marriage, and a great family.
This generation won't learn through 5 point outlines, they will learn through engagement, experience is what determines Truth. Truth for many comes from experiance not logic.