Get them talking – how to encourage the generations to talk to each other

conversation starters

An article from the Aim Lower Journal, which originated on the Building Faith website (thanks, Matthew!):

Conversation starters for mixed age groups ? Regardless of the intergenerational program you have planned (activity, meal, study) it helps to start things off with a good question. Finding a good question is harder than we thought – the question must be interesting and answerable for ALL ages. Here are 12 questions to get you started; they can be answered by participants of almost any age.

Planning Intergenerational Ministry

Intergenerational ministry. The concept is simple: get people of multiple ages and life stages together for formation. To learn more about the theory and developments around intergenerational ministry, check out intergenerationalfaith.com.

Intergenerational ministry takes careful planning. That’s because it is often a new experience for people, and folks don’t always know what to do. As leaders, we can help “grease the wheels” with clear instructions. For example, we posted a way to split people up to have multiple ages sitting together at tables: How to Create Mixed Seating at Intergenerational Formation Events.

But what about conversation starters? Regardless of the program you have planned (activity, meal, study) it helps to start things off with a good question. Finding a good question harder than we thought – the question must be interesting and answerable for ALL ages. Here are 12 questions to get you started; they can be answered by participants of almost any age.

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