Is Your Older Adult Ministry Effective? An Easy Assessment Tool for Gauging the Effectiveness of Older Adult Ministry in Your Church


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by Charles Arn. Christianity Today, 2010. Accessed April 14, 2017.

There are four areas of congregational life that determine the strength or weakness of its outreach to older adults, according Building Church Leaders. This simple self-assessment tool helps leaders measure their congregation’s capacity for reaching seniors through service, Christian formation, outreach and assimilation, and fellowship. With true-or-false statements related to each category, participants are guided to think about things they can do differently or more effectively to engage older adults. For example, a statement found in the Christian formation section of the assessment tool says, “We have at least a monthly Bible study for senior adults other than in the Sunday School context.” Even if the statement is not true for a particular congregation, it suggests an action they can take. A self-scoring form enables leaders to create a summary of their results for future discussion, planning and action. The article is free, but a no-fee sign-up is required.

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