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Senior Adult Discipleship is composed of nine essentials for doing quality Christian education for the senior adult age group. This age group is generally thought of as adults who are age sixty-five and older. Church leaders simply must be led to address this major segment of believers and especially new members now. Churches will soon discover baby boomers are already joining the retirement ranks. The impact of this growth is already being felt in churches and in society. This book will help pastors, church staff members, church lay leaders, and church members to commit themselves to make a difference for Christ through quality discipleship of senior adults. To fail to disciple current and new Christians, including those who are senior adults, is unacceptable in light of the urgency of Jesus in commissioning the early disciples. The senior adult age group is important to the enrichment of this special group and the overall work of Christ in the ministry of local churches. Furthermore, the concern of this book is not just to suggest ways to minister to senior adults. Rather, the book also emphasizes providing resources for leading senior adults themselves to engage in ministry. This book is part of a series that provides the essentials for effective church ministry to all age groups. The titles of the books in this series are as follows: Preschool Christian Education; Children's Christian Education; Youth/Collegiate Christian Education; Adult Christian Education. An additional book, Christian Education Leadership, provides a comprehensive overview of Christian education for all ages.Bernard M. Spooner, Ph.D., general editor, has a lifetime of experience in helping churches, including fifteen years as a local church minister and more than three decades as a seminary and university professor and denominational leader. He served as the first dean of what is now the Graduate School of Ministry of Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas.

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Author: Bob G Fuston
Publisher:
Release: 2020-03-11
File: 164 Pages
ISBN-13: 165333262X

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A companion to the author's earlier book Designing an Older Adult Ministry (Discipleship Resources, 1999), this book will provide new information and outline ways to develop and strengthen ministries by, with, and for older adults that can, and will, enhance the spiritual growth and well-being of people of all ages. The church is beginning to recognize that there are vast numbers of older people in its membership. It is becoming aware of its indebtedness to them for the leadership, support, service, and faith that has made the church of today possible. The church is uniquely positioned to help older adults respond to the challenges of aging; to see the tremendous potentialities in the lives of older adult for making the church and community better; and to assist older people as they experience new meaning and purpose in their later lives. Chapters include "Why Older-Adult Ministries?"; "Understanding the Aging Process"; "Aging and the Spiritual Journey"; "The New Seniors: Boomers?"; "Intentional Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults"; "Organizing for Intentional Ministry in the Local Church"; "Organizing for Intentional Ministry in the Conference"; "Congregational Care Ministry"; "Additional Ideas for Intentional Ministry"; and "Trends in Aging." Appendixes include a "Facts about Aging" quiz, information on creating and using older adult surveys, and suggested resources for further reading and study.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Richard H. Gentzler
Publisher: Upper Room Books
Release: 2018-05-01
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780881779059

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New ways to develop and strengthen ministries with older adults: information about the needs and life issues of older adults: tools to help congregations evaluate their current situation: models for ministry; and suggested resources.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Richard H. Gentzler
Publisher: Upper Room
Release: 1999
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 0881772690

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Without a doubt, both society and church congregations are graying. Life expectancy in the U.S. has increased from 47 years in 1900 to 77 years in 2000. The number of people age 65 years or older is expected to double in the next 25 years. The Graying of the Church is based on extensive research which indicates that leaders of older adult ministries want help in identifying new ministry models, ways to motivate older adults, and general resource information. All of these areas (and more ) are addressed by Gentzler in a very readable way. Gentzler's work addresses church leaders who plan and provide ministry with older adults; clergy; parish nurses; Christian educators; Stephen ministers; nurture, health, & welfare teams/committees; evangelism teams/committees.

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Genre: Family & Relationships
Author: Richard H. Gentzler
Publisher:
Release: 2004-01
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 088177409X

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The Complete Guide for Senior Adult Ministry Over one quarter of Americans are age fifty or older. This sizable group has unique needs and requires specialized ministry. In this resource, pastor to senior adults Dr. David Gallagher offers invaluable insights, practical ideas, and successful strategies for ministering effectively to people over 50. In this book you'll find: Ð THE BIG PICTURE AND NUTS AND BOLTS OF SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY. This book offers a fresh framework of ministry goals and vision, as well as the practical insights to accomplish them. It includes steps for effective senior adult ministry, characteristics of senior adults, ways to involve senior adults in ministry, and more! Ð 150 SOLID GOLD MINISTRY TIPS, TIME-SAVERS, AND LIFE-SAVERS. This priceless help will be useful to both those new and experienced at senior adult ministry. Ð POWERFUL OUTREACH ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS. These tested and proven-effective ideas help meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of seniors! Ð REPRODUCIBLE WORKSHEETS AND HANDOUTS. Found in most chapters, you'll find these reproducible helps invaluable for sparking creativity for all areas of senior adult ministry. A must-have, fresh, new resource for churches who truly desire to effectively reach everyone in their community.

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Genre: Religion
Author: David P. Gallagher
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2006-05-01
File: 148 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781597526630

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The church is in the hands of its elders. While the popular perception is that the ages are needy and infirm, Gentzler affirms that the majority of older adults have plenty to give and the church needs to tap into their wisdom, energy, experience and talents. He stresses that older adult ministry need to be by and with elders as well as for them, since participants will represent all stages of retirements and activity levels. Ministries by older adults include mentoring, leadership, offering spiritual legacies to younger church members, and participating in what Gentzler describes as the "SAGE Corps"- Spirituality Active Generative Elders. Another initiative, S.E.N.I.O.R.S., is a ministry that covers needs from spirituality to nutrition./ So that church program aims true to the need and talent, Gentzler includes a number os assessment tools which encourage elders and pastors to find the best fit for their congregation. In addition to the practical issues of programming, Gentzler takes on more difficult topics including chronic conditions, depression and death. He also recommends that churches pay special attention to the needs of the Boomer generation, since they are now becoming the older adults who will determine the church's path for years to come.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
Publisher: Upper Room
Release: 2008
File: 141 Pages
ISBN-13: 0881775401

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Learn how to focus your ministry’s programs and services on the elderly By 2030, 20% of the people living in the United States will be age 65 or older, with unique spiritual needs that can affect their physical and mental well-being. Ministering to Older Adults answers the critical need for a ministry that doesn’t center primarily on youth and families in its outreach, instead presenting a step-by-step guide to developing a ministry for the aged that is focused on the needs and resources of each congregation. This program has been used effectively with nearly 50 congregations, both large and small, to create a focused older adult ministry. No two congregations are alike. The resources, perspectives, and skills of each congregation are different, as are the needs of its members. Ministering to Older Adults provides a framework for use by planning groups within communities of any religious tradition. The book presents a process that includes essential questions that allow planning groups to develop answers that fit the needs, cultural, history, and structure of their individual congregations. Ministering to Older Adults is divided into three sections: “The Fundamentals”—defining your audience, your mission, and the skills and existing programs that can be brought to the planning process “Programming Possibilities”—spiritual needs based on the aging process, continued learning for older adults, opportunities to serve and be served, providing quality pastoral care, and community building “Putting it All Together”—deciding on a direction, using desired outcomes for evaluation, establishing target dates, and ongoing evaluation Ministering to Older Adults also includes forms and charts to help in the planning process. The book is an invaluable resource for clergy, ministry committees and planning groups, and staff persons responsible for older adult ministries.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Donald Koepke
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-10-18
File: 230 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781317994411

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Christine Caine is passionate about seeing every woman equipped to live her life on mission for Jesus. In this 7-session study, you'll develop a new understanding of how God sees you and has chosen you to help make Jesus' name known on this planet. Through biblical teaching and lessons from her own life, Christine will challenge you to share the story of how God's love has transformed your life right where you are.Features:Leader helps to guide questions and discussions within small groupsPersonal study segments to complete between 7 weeks of group sessionsEnriching interactive teaching videos, approximately 30 minutes per session, available for purchase or rent Benefits:Experience the unconditional love and call of Jesus.Discover your inherent value and kingdom mission.Gain confidence to share the living hope of Christ.Help people belong in a world where they feel unseen.

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Genre: Christian women
Author: Christine Caine
Publisher: Lifeway Church Resources
Release: 2019-07
File: 208 Pages
ISBN-13: 1535952326

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The ScriptureWalk series is designed to engage Catholic youth in Bible study and reflection. Each of the eight 90-minute sessions in this ScriptureWalk manual contains Bible study and activities that build community, engage youth in discussion, and introduce creative forms of prayer. Each session includes a section called "Family Connection," which gives a short, family-based follow-up idea for the session. ScriptureWalk helps the Bible come alive for young people and is intended for use in youth group meetings, religious education programs, and retreats, and as a supplement toThe Catholic Youth Bible®. ScriptureWalk Senior High: Discipleshipincludes sessions on death, discipleship, fear, happiness, prayer, sadness, sexuality, and witnessing. Discipleship challenges young people to grow in their faith, using a format that encourages questions and participation.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Nora Bradbury-Haehl
Publisher: Saint Mary's Press
Release: 2000-01-01
File: 91 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780884896425

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Churches have become such an entity that they are being structured and led much as normal businesses are run. Because of this, churches must provide adequate and effective services to their employees. Proper descriptions of the jobs and related positions of the employees in the church are critical to having an effective staff that can best serve the community. Descriptions of what is expected of volunteers are also crucial to having sufficient servants to do the work God desires of them. This book is a collection of position descriptions, as well as the whats, whys, and hows of developing, implementing, and maintaining effective descriptions for both career employees and volunteers. In addition to the more than 170 descriptions included in the book, more than 950 descriptions are available for download.

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Genre: Business & Economics
Author: Gary H Woolverton
Publisher: WestBow Press
Release: 2012-08
File: 636 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781449747367

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