Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century


Youth & Children’s Ministry

Rituals and Practices for an Inter-Generational Worshipping Community (PT127)

Course dates: Thursday October 24th  6:30 pm – 9 pm; Friday October 25th 9am – 5:30 pm; Saturday October 26th 9 am – 3 pm

Instructors: Doris Kizinna & Mary Nichol

Faith formation research is pointing us to focus on inter-generational ministry being the heart of the faith community.  This short intensive will focus on specific spiritual practices and other rituals that sustain a worshipping community and nurture the faith formation of all ages.

Students will spend time engaging in and leading spiritual practices.  We will explore faith formation for a new generation and use rituals and practices in age specific, inter-generational and family context.  This course is intended for those already practicing ministry with all ages, those brand new, or those wishing to refresh their skills.


  • To practice a variety of ways to use spiritual practices within age specific and inter-generational groups.
  • To discuss different methods to incorporate inter-generational approaches to community worship.
  • To develop strategies for incorporating spiritual practices into all ages worship, age specific ministry, and faith at home.


  1. Describe rituals and practices for families to grow in faith in their home.
  2. Describe rituals and practices used for weekly worship in an inter-generational community
  3. Describe rituals and practices for age specific groups such as youth group, children’s group or an adult small group.
  4. Articulate a new holistic model for faith formation.
  5. Design a worship experience or retreat that incorporates rituals and practices modeled in the course.

Note:  This course is available for audit or Continuing Education Certificate credit only.  It is not available for Diploma or Degree credit.