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The Generations Project

A book to make a reader go, “Hey, that’s me!”

The Generations Project

The Generations Project is impressive for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is not a boring sociology textbook, although the breadth and depth of the research that forms the book, and the authors’ thoughtful conclusions, should qualify it as “a sociology text with a church slant”. The authors’ findings are presented in a well-organised, highly readable format, with archetypes which a Christian who cares about their church, or is actively serving in their church, will easily identify (and identify with).

Secondly, it sets out to inform and not to preach. The main focus of the book is on whether, and how, the generational gap exacerbates the ever-present risk of discord with fellow believers, and not to preach solutions, although there are reminders of the Bible teaching on loving your neighbour and striving for unity in diversity. The book helps the reader to recognise the realities and disillusionments of church ministry, which are the frank results of surveys and interviews. The reader is also helped to recognise their own flaws, and thereby, it is hoped, encouraged to form a plan of action for themselves.

Thirdly, the book is a clear and honest articulation of the problems that face a multigenerational church in Singapore today, as it strives to evolve into the ideal state of an intergenerational church with an intergenerational church ministry. The authors have carefully defined these terms, as well as stated the limitations of their research.

Offering a unique collation of the thinking and behaviour of the seven generations in a Singapore church today, The Generations Project is a book for every Christian who seeks a better understanding of their fellow believers of any generation.

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The Generations Project
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Lucy Cheng worships at Wesley Methodist Church and teaches in their BeTween ministry.