The Intergenerationally Sticky Church
This presentation will explore six key ingredients that can help every church strengthen cohesion between people of diverse generations. Incorporating insights from theology, sociology, and real-world ministry experience, this presentation will advance practical proposals to help the generations within the church COHERE.
Cory Seibel strives to be a thoughtful, passionate advocate for intergenerational ministry. He aims to encourage and equip followers of Jesus to build extraordinary communities of faith where people of all generations share life together. He invests his skills as researcher, writer, and presenter to advance a creative, constructive vision of intergenerational ministry in today’s church.
Cory has devoted more than fifteen years to researching generational dynamics within society and the church. In 2003, he completed an M.Th. in Applied Theology at Spurgeon’s College in London. His thesis focused upon ministry among Gen Xers within local congregations. He later graduated with a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from the University of Pretoria in 2009. Cory’s dissertation explored the role of “intergenerational reconciliation and justice” in the renewal of older, established congregations. His doctoral research was supervised by Malan Nel, an internationally recognized intergenerational youth ministry specialist.
At present, Cory serves on the pastoral team of Central Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta, a dynamic multigenerational congregation. He also holds the position of affiliate professor at Sioux Falls Seminary in South Dakota. He previously served congregations in Virginia and North Dakota, and spent eight years as a full-time seminary professor.
Cory has given presentations on intergenerational ministry in a number of contexts around the US and Canada and has authored several articles and papers devoted to this subject. He currently is working on two books projects focused upon “generationally intelligent leadership” and “intergenerationally sticky churches.”
In his spare time, Cory is an avid reader and lover of coffee. He also enjoys singing as a classical baritone and spending time in the outdoors. Cory and his wife, Teresa, have been married for more than two decades and have one twelve-year-old daughter.