Here are eight principles that I’ve found to be true of effective cross-generational disciple-makers:
- They intentionally spend time in places or ministries where they will meet younger believers at least part of the time.
- They build relationships with these people both in and outside of church.
- They meet the younger person "where they are at" without expecting the younger person to automatically conform to their views or opinions.
- They sacrifice some personal wants and preferences for the greater good of mentoring a younger person on the more important things.
- They listen as much or more than they talk.
- They pursue regular times of discussion with the younger person.
- They seek to "live life together" by engaging in life activities beyond just times of discussion.
- They keep their circle small so they can go deep with a few instead of shallow with many.
What do you think of these principles? Would you add any?