School of Music


Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS)


Betty Melinda Damon


Intergenerational Worship, Intergenerational Ministry, Intergenerational Worship Ministry, Generational Characteristics, Gen Z


Liturgy and Worship | Music | Religion


Throughout the Bible and much of church history, intergenerational ministry was the common practice. However, in recent decades many local evangelical churches have abandoned the practice of intergenerational ministry and have instead embraced age-segregated ministry models. Reflecting this shift, age-segregated worship ministries within the local evangelical church have become the norm. This qualitative study examined biblical examples and teachings regarding worship and ministry and examined worship and ministry practices from throughout church history. Analysis of the research findings addressed the characteristics of an effective intergenerational worship ministry. Although facilitating an intergenerational worship ministry is a complicated endeavor, this study revealed that participation in an effective worship ministry is relationally, developmentally, musically, and spiritually beneficial for all involved. While it is true that each generational cohort benefits from involvement in intergenerational worship ministry, research indicates that such participation is especially beneficial for the youngest generations. Therefore, this project also examined the generational characteristics and needs of Gen Z (those born between 1995 and 2010) in order to ascertain how to best engage them as active participants in intergenerational worship ministries within the local evangelical church.