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Age Segregation and Integration – Both/And

20 June, 2017

Written by Matt Dabbs

One of the most popular ministry strategies of the last 60 years has been to segregate people in the congregation by age. There are a number of principles and advantages embedded in that approach that must be recognized and this post is in no way criticizing that way of doing things. First, that approach recognizes the natural tendency of people to befriend people in their same age/stage of life. Second, it is relatively easy for newcomers to show up and figure out where they “fit.” Third, you can cater curriculum and topics to a more narrow range of issues.

We have invested mightily into this approach and for good reason, it works for some things but not for everything. It…

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