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Former professor and author James Houston and gerontologist Michael Parker look at the elderly and see gifts and graces for ministry, yet they wonder why congregations see the elderly and think...

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With the demographic shift of large numbers of Americans reaching retirement age and beyond there is an increasing need for congregations to engage in ministries related to this age group. The...

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The message that “falling” is the way to spiritual growth can seem counterintuitive. Yet, in this small volume, priest and sage Richard Rohr argues that falling, or failure, is really the only way...

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Being the caregiver for one’s aging parents means navigating emotional and practical challenges. When and how should one discuss the need to give up driving, move to assisted living, or share...

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Persons who are 50 and older represent three or more distinct stages of adult life, from the empty-nester to the newly retired to those who are slowed by issues of health and mobility....

Thumb safe sanctuaries

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Elder abuse can happen to anyone who relies on another person or institution for some aspect of their care. Along with the overall elder population, its incidence is also growing. According to...

Thumb pilgrimage into the last third of life

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Growing old needn’t be feared. In fact, the age of 60 and beyond can be ripe with purpose and joy if approached as a journey in spiritual growth. Senior adult experts, Thibault and Morgan, at ages...

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Prayerful planning for the eventualities of old age and death is a key to facing older life without fear. In Living Fully, Dying Well, a retired United Methodist bishop and experts in the field of...

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Decades ago, Rabbi Richard Address saw a “revolution of longevity” on the horizon, and knew the impact would be intensified once Baby Boomer generation entered midlife. His response was a project...

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What can congregations do to make their facilities safe and accessible for elderly participants? Churchman and legal expert, Middlebrook, suggests a number of fixes that can make a difference in...

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Give your vision a litmus test. Increase your culture of collaboration. Create a “stop doing” list - and then execute it. Schedule a benchmarking trip to a larger, faster-growing church. Write down...

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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...

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The Baby Boomer generation looks forward to a retirement marked by relative good health, financial independence and an active lifestyle. As with every life stage of this large demographic, they are...

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Where can a leader or senior adult go for information on retirement planning, health and wellness, and surviving an adult child’s return home? National Public Radio’s Next Avenue is a one-stop...

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This bestseller set off a seismic change in leadership development, management, and consulting by shifting the focus from the individual performance of the CEO-senior pastor, agency president,...

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Produced by {{Everance | http://www.everence.com/}}, a faith-based financial services organization and a ministry of the {{Mennonite Church USA | http://mennoniteusa.org/}}, this free,...

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The New York and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings of Friends (Quakers) developed a set of resources to help Meetings (Quaker congregations) address issues faced by older adults. This website provides...

Thumb our help in ages past

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Faithful congregants in their senior years deserve gratitude for what they have given in the past and continuing opportunities to contribute their gifts. In addition, their congregations can offer...

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The Baby Boomer generation (born from 1946 to 1964) has been a cultural juggernaut all their lives. Now that they are entering their 50’s and 60’s it should come as no surprise that they are...

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Karen Lampe leads care ministry and training at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Her book on The Caring Congregation is a manual for congregational care...

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