One Church, Four Generations

Understanding and Reaching All Ages in Your Church

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Church leaders of the twenty-first century, perhaps more than at any time in history, must reach out to a variety of groups within the church. How can worship services be modified to attract young people without driving the older members away? Is it possible for a church to have an intergenerational ministry? How can churches keep the youngest members involved?

One Church, Four Generations gives thoughtful insight into the four generations found in churches today, exploring the qualities, values, and interests of each group in relation to the historical events and social trends that have shaped them. You'll find practical suggestions for types of ministry and worship styles that will draw each generation-from the oldest generation of Builders to the youngest crowd of Bridgers. Helpful tables offer summaries of generational characteristics, common needs and concerns, and ways to reach the unchurched.

This book is an updated and expanded version of Three Generations: Riding the Waves of Change in Your Church



"This is essential reading for congregations wanting to deploy missional teams into an increasingly diverse mosaic of peoples. We no longer have the luxury of concentrating on the generation with which we are the most familiar. All four generations now require our attention. Some resources must be invested in identifying with and ministering to each generation. The emerging generation is particularly challenging to comprehend and to effectively engage. McIntosh provides insightful clues for discipling these younger tribes that already surround us." -Dr. Daniel Reeves, president, Reeves Strategic Consultation

"One Church, Four Generations is at once an encyclopedia, hisotry, and cat scan of ourselves and those around us--all in an exciting, readable, practical form. For effective ministry today, you must understand your target audiences. McIntosh has done it again, in top quality fashion. What a great resource to understand your parents, kids, yourself, and, most of all, your church!" --Dr. Kent Hunter, The Church Doctor, Corrunna, IN

"Are you looking for a concise, readable and practical introduction to the four generations that comprise our culture? Then this is it! One Church, Four Generations not only offers a welcomed overview to each generation, but also reveals what they look for in a church. I can think of no better introduction to generational differences than Gary McIntosh's helpful primer!" --Dr. Bob Whitesel, Senior Editor of Strategies for Today's Leader magazine

The Author

  1. Gary L. McIntosh

    Gary L. McIntosh

    Gary L. McIntosh (PhD, DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is president of the Church Growth Network and distinguished affiliate professor of Christian ministry and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is an internationally known...

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