Today's guest blogger is Keegan Lenker, youth pastor at Pasadena Nazarene.  Keegan was part of the 2010 Sticky Faith Cohort.

We added something new into the life of our ministry to encourage inter-generational connections. We started a Senior to Senior ministry to get our senior adults involved in the lives of our high school seniors. Each student was adopted at the start of the year after we explained about each student, their interests, where they lived, and what life was like for each one. Each student was picked by a senior adult and we encouraged them to meet once a month.

One particular student has had a hard time connecting with our youth ministry. Her "adopted" senior adult who is in her late sixties called her up and took her to coffee. As they talked, our high school student expressed interest in a culinary arts school upon graduation. This particular adult had connections to walk her through the process. Upon arriving home, this student expressed how much fun she had and said, "She cared about me, and guess what? She prayed for me too!"

That relationship has blossomed greatly throughout this year.

 


Published Oct 14, 2011
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is also the coauthor of Sticky Faith ​and Deep Justice Journeys. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now lives in Southern California with his wife Missy and their three children.

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