Gathering As One

A Virtual Outdoor Ministry Conference

November 17th-19th, 2020

Welcome and Keynote Presentation

Thursday, November 19th at 10:00-11:15am EDT

Temporary Communities in Intergenerational Christian Formation

In this keynote presentation, we will explore the essential nature of “temporary communities” in embracing a broader vision of intergenerational formation. Offering a unique crossdisciplinary perspective on the intersection of camp and conference ministries and the growing conversation on intergenerationality, Melissa Cooper will delve into the notion that temporary community is one of the most effective times for IG faith formation.


Rev. Melissa Cooper serves as the Minister of Worship and Arts at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL. She is also an Associate with Vibrant Faith, providing coaching and consulting services to help support congregations in leadership development and intergenerational ministry. Melissa once served as the Faith Formation and Retreat Ministries Coordinator for Camp Don Lee and as Program Coordinator for the Life Enrichment Center and Warren Willis Camp. Melissa is married to Will, and they are the parents to the cutest poodle and sassiest cats you’ll ever meet. When there's not a global pandemic, you can often find them frolicking around Disney World.