Current Research Projects
The Three Generations Project
Beginning in 2012, the Intergenerational Faith Center started work on a study of families that have three or more generations of living adult members of the Churches of Christ. This ongoing, mixed-methods research project seeks to understand how families successfully share their faith generation after generation. What lessons can these faith families teach us about how to pass faith on to their children? What practices do they have in common? This study seeks to answer these, and many other, questions.
You can help! Families or congregations that wish to participate may contact Dudley Chancey or
Ron Bruner by email. Ministers who know families that might fit the parameters of this project can refer them to the IFC as well.
Thus far this research has resulted in the following professional presentations:
Ron Bruner and Dudley Chancey, “Spiritual Health and Coping across Three Generations of Faith,”a peer- reviewed paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, TX, November, 2013.
Dudley Chancey and Ron Bruner, “A Symposium on the Three Generations Project,” a peer-reviewed presentation in three segments: Methodology and Context, Difference in Spiritual Formation across Three Generations, and Line of Matriarchs. Oklahoma Council on Family Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, April, 2013.
Dudley Chancey and Ron Bruner, “A Qualitative Search for Common Faith Factors in Three Generation Families,” a peer-reviewed poster session at the National Council on Family Relations, Phoenix, AZ, October, 2012.
Dudley Chancey and Ron Bruner, “Developing a Research Methodology for a Qualitative Investigation of Common Factors Found in Three Generations of Families of Faith,” a peer-reviewed paper presented at the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; March 30, 2012.
Teaching Intergenerational Ministry
Part of the mission of the Intergenerational Faith Center is to develop appropriate training for those who wish to bring intergenerational ministry to their congregations. Dudley Chancey and Ron Bruner have researched, designed, and taught courses that develop intergenerational ministry as a discipline. In the fall of 2013, their work resulted in a new graduate course at Oklahoma Christian: “Developing Intergenerational Ministry in Churches.” This course, co-taught by Chancey and Bruner, is focused completely on intergenerational ministry.
Is your congregation interested in better understanding how to implement intergenerational ministry? Please contact Dudley Chancey or Ron Bruner by email in order to discuss how the Intergenerational Faith Center might be of assistance.
Thus far this work on teaching intergenerational ministry has resulted in the following professional presentations:
Ron Bruner and Dudley Chancey, “Why You Should be Teaching an Intergenerational Ministry Course in Your Youth Ministry Curriculum,” a peer-reviewed paper presented at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, Chicago, IL, October, 2013.
Ron Bruner, “A Macro Analysis of Intergenerational Ministry among North American Churches,” a paper at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, June 2012.
Dudley Chancey, “Three Generation Families of Faith: The Search of the Intergenerational Faith Center for Sustainable Faith in Churches of Christ,” a paper at the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, June 2012.
Dudley Chancey, convener of the generative session, “Emerging Perspectives on Intergenerational Ministry,” the Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, June 2012.