Across the nation, both secular organizations and faith-based communities are recognizing the invaluable resource resident in older adults. A number of leading churches in older adult ministry are finding creative ways of engaging seniors in ministry and encouraging them to use their time and resources for Kingdom expansion.
Leadership Network’s concept paper, Creating New Opportunities for Older Adults to Serve: 50+ Age Adults Reaching Outside the Walls of the Church, previously published by Amy Hanson takes a look at how faith-based communities are recognizing the invaluable resource of older adults.
Here are some great quotes from the paper:
“Studies have found that volunteerism tends to improve the life satisfaction of older adults and it has a positive effect on their health.”
“Despite the trends of the culture that separate people by age, the need for connection among the generations is great.”
“Due to advances in medical technology, better health care, and increased education, people today are living out a full life span.”
“It is a societal myth that once someone reaches retirement age they desire to simply live a life of leisure and focus on themselves.”
“Older adult ministries intentionally become outwardly focused.”
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