EP – 183 Learning about Legacy Coalition

This week, I am proud to have John Coulombe from Legacy Coalition on the podcast to discuss his work as a multi-generational ministry leader. We will dive into John’s background and how he has worked with youth and seniors to build bridges of understanding between differing generations. John talks to us and explains the mission of Legacy Coalition as well as his own experience as a #grandfather.

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John Coulombe, Director of Spiritual Development for Legacy Coalition, joins the conversation this week to discuss his background as a pastor’s kid. We also learn about John’s history with entering the ministry and starting down the road as an intergenerational ministry leader. With 55 years in ministry, John met with Larry Flower, the founder of Legacy Coalition, along with other key people interested in starting a ministry movement for grandparents. Along with starting a group focused on supporting grandparents, they also asked what the Bible says about Grandparenting.

A young man, Josh Mulvihill, who was not a grandfather, was starting his dissertation on the role of grandparents according to the Bible. John talks about how their group was puzzled about how they had all missed the information in the Bible about the role of grandparents. About eight years ago, after the group signed its charter, Legacy Coalition held its first event for grandparents.

As John says, Legacy Coalition’s mission is “We help Grandparents grow in their Biblical role so they can have a greater spiritual impact on their families.” John talks about how, within a short time, they have seen an explosion of growth in their mission and those picking up on the ministry to grandparents or people entering the second half of life.

John talks about how when he has people around him who are retiring, he talks with them about having a period to relax, travel, and do what they want to, but then he will call them into service and influence. We talk about how, in the Bible, there is a mention of retirement, where the church priests were to retire at 50. Still, that retirement was moving from physical labor to a calling of spiritually shepherding those around them compared to the physical acts of taking care of the temples and the appropriate sacrifices.

You will enjoy this conversation and will no doubt learn more about what the Bible teaches about being a grandparent. To learn more about Legacy Coalition, please check out their website below. Hopefully, I’ll see you at their next Grandparenting Summit.


To sign up for Grandparents Academy’s Grandparents Week, you can use this link: https://training.grandparentsacademy.com/a/2147832178/ikxv5HFd.

To check out Legacy Coalition: https://legacycoalition.com/

To learn more about John, check out this link: https://www.fishbowlmin.org/about-5-4.

If you want to check out Josh Mulvihill’s book, “Biblical Grandparenting: Exploring God’s Design for Disciple-Making and Passing Faith to Future Generations.” Click on this link: https://legacy.churchgrowth.org/product/biblical-grandparenting-9780764231285-9781570524752/

If you want to see the Stars and Whales singing “How Great is Our God,” you can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=helxFeG-0n0.

You can check out Louie Giglio’s books by clicking on this link: https://louiegiglio.com/

Here is the link for the podcast episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/A6TKXgHnEmo

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My Grandpa’s Grandpa

When it is time for bed, Charlie’s grandpa tucks Charlie in. Charlie asks his grandpa many questions about his grandpa’s grandpa. Charlie’s grandpa shares a magical moment as he introduces Charlie to his great-grandpa through fun memories.


This is my children’s book, created to entertain and inspire conversations about other family members that the children may not have had the opportunity to meet.



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