Cross+Gen Worship: Where do I start?

Cross+Gen Worship: Where do I start?

By Karen Ware Jackson, MDiv ’08

Each congregation, each sanctuary, each worship service has its own unique gifts and challenges. There isn’t a set formula for “how to” engage all ages in worship so pray, dream, and listen to the calling of the Holy Spirit.

And remember, you are not alone. I have colleagues and mentors and friends all over the globe whose work inspires, challenges, informs, and contributes to worship at my church. They can be your community too!

Check out my favorite resources for creating Cross+Gen worship:

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, fear not! Join a Facebook group. These communities of church leaders share all kinds of wonderful ideas: Looking for a children’s book about peace, a sermon series for Advent, or where to find bird kites for your Pentecost worship? Ask! (Just search Facebook for these public groups and “request to join.”)

Karen Ware Jackson is a dynamic pastor leading worship that is accessible for all ages at Faith Presbyterian Church, a small but mighty congregation in Greensboro, NC. As the mother of two preschoolers who worship front and center, she knows firsthand the joys and challenges of parenting a child while leading an inter-generational congregation. She blogs about parenting, pastoring, and engaging all ages in worship at

 The Center for Lifelong Learning is also a great resource for church educators! Visit us and explore our many programs.

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