Welcome to the Generation Spark Blog!
Generation Spark (GS) was started at the Center for Leadership at Hope College by Virgil Gulker with the assistance of Hope College students. GS is a church ministry program designed to solve the problem of youth and adults leaving the church. This intergenerational mentoring ministry integrates youth and adults into the life and leadership of the church.
In the Summer of 2017, the Lilly Endowment caught wind of Generation Spark and decided to award the initiative with a 3 year grant to fund a pilot program. Right away a team was created to market the program to local churches and the excitement surrounding GS was outstanding.
Currently, the GS team consists of four Hope College Students, including myself, that are involved in different aspects of the project. Over the past year, we have worked with Virgil and Sarah Kolean, as well as other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), to begin the implementation process of GS. As of today, we have 6 churches in Holland, Zeeland, and Grand Rapids that are piloting our program. Each church has already been through a director training that prepared them to launch GS at their churches. For now, the next step is for the directors to train their participants.
In this blog, you will be able to learn more about Generation Spark from many different perspectives. We will keep you updated on the pilot programs and the relationships that are being built at each church.
Stay tuned to see God’s plan for Generation Spark unfold!
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