Expressions of Older Adult Ministry

A project created in partnership with the Office of Christian Formation of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, PCUSA


Engaging in Christian Community with Older Adults

With so many of those active in our churches and communities being older adults it is important to be intentionally in ministry with this group of God’s children.

This is a place for you to engage as a leader and learner in Christian community. You are invited to explore the Guiding Principles of Older Adult Ministry (OAM), an Older Adult Reformed theological framework, some best practices, as well as specific expressions of Older Adult Ministry which may be adapted for your setting. We hope this is a resource you can take a deep dive into, tip a toe in and return often, or search for specific resources. There is something for you, whether you are a volunteer leader, formation leader or pastor. You can engage on your own, in a small group, or share pieces with other leaders.


As we delve into exploring ministry with older adults, national trends for the population over 65 provide valuable insight. 

Older Adults Today

Are projected to double in number by 2060

Are more racially and ethnically diverse

Are living longer

Are working longer

Are aging in place more often

Require more elder care due to the rise in those living with Alzheimer’s disease

Are living across wider economic disparities

Are divorced at a higher percentage

Are more often women living alone

(U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Population Projections and Current Survey, Population Reference Bureau)

In Their Own Words

Older adults and leaders in ministry with older adults share what we need to remember about older adults and the church.

Today’s Older Adults 

Reflection Questions

  • How would you describe Older Adults today in five words?
  • What experiences and knowledge influence your answers?

Older Adults and The Church

Reflection Questions

  • What do you think needs to be remembered about Older Adults and the church?
  • What kinds of things have you heard from Older Adults themselves about what the church needs to remember?
  • What did you hear in the video that resonates with you?

Would you like to learn about the guiding principles of Older Adult Ministry?


Are you interested in a theological framework for ministry with Older Adults?


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 Coming February 2024

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