“Faith development lasts a lifetime. There are a variety of reasons local congregations should be intentional in ministries by, with, and for older adults. The growing number of older adults in our population means more opportunities to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, especially in this age group! Aging is changing and older adults continue to search for meaning and purpose and the need for spiritual growth and opportunities to serve continues in the later years of life. Included here are opportunities to walk with congregations as they walk with older adults through this stage of their life journeys.”
Helpful Websites: General Board of Discipleship's Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministriesis one of the United Methodist Church’s primary resources for engaging in ministries in our local churches. It contains information that can help your Adult Ministries team as you plan for and engage in the challenge of making disciples and offering life-long learning opportunities for your members.
Center Sage, a publication of the Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries, is a resource for leaders of mid-life and older adult ministries. It serves as a vital link in communication for church leaders interested in aging issues and older adult ministries. This informative newsletter is published in print twice a year (spring and fall) and appears also on the website. It features articles about a variety of mid-life and older adult ministry concerns, upcoming training events, new resource information, suggested models for ministry, and opportunities for you to share your ideas with other readers.
Primetimers, a part of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, offers educational and mission service experience for older adults. Exciting 5-10 day events offer opportunities for educational forums, cross-cultural exposure, faith-filled reflection, and greater exposure to the work of The United Methodist Church and the church universal.
“You shall rise before the aged, and defer to the old; and you shall fear your God; I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:32)