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Ministry in a Variety of Contexts

Ministry with older adults looks different depending on the context, size of church, number of older adults, community setting, and more. Colleagues from across the PCUSA and country have shared some examples of what ministry with older adults can look like and tips for you through videos and quicksheets.

Length: 10 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

In This Section

Millennial Leaders and Older Adult Ministry

Discovering Mission with Older Adults

The Third Thirty

A Ministry of Presence with Older Adult Widowers

QuickSheets

Millennial Leaders and Older Adult Ministry Series

Listen as a group of pastors and formation leaders share their experiences of being in ministry with Older Adults.

Length: 10 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

In This Video

  • Grandparent Power
  • Slow Fellowship
  • Digital Church Is Not Just for the Young!
  • Volunteering Across Four Generations
  • Engaged, Self-empowered, Self-possessed
  • Work ‘With’ Not ‘for’ Them

Reflection Question

  • Think about experiences from your ministry context with Older Adults. How would you share these with others?

Length: 8 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

In This Video

  • Empathy Over Availability
  • Church Is a Team Sport
  • Navigating Limitations
  • Pastoral Boundaries

Reflection Questions

  • Do any of these resonate?  Which one and why?

  • What joys and challenges do you find in ministry with Older Adults?

Length: 5 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

In This Video

  • Communicate Ahead to Avoid Apologizing After
  • Connect through Experience
  • Humor and Honesty
  • Be Genuine

Reflection Questions

  • What are some key things you keep in mind when in ministry with Older Adults?

  • What did you learn from this series of videos that will be helpful in your ministry context?

Discovering Mission with Older Adults

Introduce this segment and speaker. (Will Houts)

Length: 5 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

Length: 5 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

Discovering Mission with Older Adults

Intro the questions here

Resource and Opportunity Questions

  • What are the interests of the older adults in our congregation?
  • What are the skills and abilities of the older adults in our congregation and the congregation in general?
  • What are the needs of the older adults in our congregation and community?
  • What services are already available in our community for older adults?
  • What are the limitations of the older adults in our congregation and community?

Exploration and Engagement Questions

  • How can older adults in our congregation use their interests, skills, and abilities in service of the broader community?
  • How can we partner with resources already available in our broader community?
  • How can we advocate for the needs of older adults in our broader community?
  • How is the Spirit calling us to engage older adults in our congregation and the community in ministry that shows the love of Jesus Christ?

The Third Thirty

Introduce this segment and speaker. (Chris Pomfret)

Length: 8 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

Resources

A Ministry of Presence with Older Adult Widowers

Introduce this segment and speaker.

Length: 12 mins    |    Transcript (PDF)

Resources

  • Article (PDF)
  • Reflections Questions (PDF)

Intro the questions here

Resource and Opportunity Questions

  • What 

Exploration and Engagement Questions

  • How