Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach
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The church is in the hands of its elders. While the popular perception is that the aged are needy and infirm, Gentzler affirms the majority of older adults have plenty to give. The church needs to tap into their wisdom, energy, experience, and talents. Gentzler stresses that older adult ministries need to be by and with elders as well as for them, since participants will represent all stages of retirement and activity levels. In addition to the practical issues of programming, Gentzler takes on more difficult topics of aging 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 churchs path for years to come. ""As Boomers have cycled through their various life stages they passed through hippie and yuppie to become abbies: aging baby boomers,"" Gentzler writes. ""But dont tell Boomers theyre aging. ...They really do expect to stay young and see getting old as an option, rather than a reality.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Discipleship Resources
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0881775401
ISBN-13: 9780881775402

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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.

Author Bio

Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. D. Min is the director of the center of Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Dr. Gentzler is a much sough after speaker and seminary leader. he is nationally recognized as a teacher, writer, and leader in the field of aging and older adult ministries. His ministry involves providing resources and training support for leaders of midlife and older adult ministries.

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