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Ministering to Older Adults: The Building Blocks [Paperback]

By Donald R. Koepke (Editor)
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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. This book 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. This book 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.

The book 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
This book 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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Studio: Routledge
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 22, 2005
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0789030497  
ISBN13  9780789030498  

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A Solid Guide to Assesment and Building An Older Adult Ministry that Does Not Ignore the Spirit  Apr 22, 2007
This book is a great contribution to the field of Religious Gerontology and Older Adult Ministry. This book is a collection of articles that have been simultaneously published as the Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging (Vol 17. 3/4 2005). To quickly summarize this book it is broken up into three parts. Part one provides the pastor or Older Adult Ministry leader the tools necessary to determine if their congregation is prepared to develop a wholistic Older Adult Ministry. If a congregation already has an Older Adult Ministry or Programs for Older Adults, Chapter four is especially helpful in that it provides tools to assess or evaluate an existing Older Adult Ministry program. The Assessment tools are field tested. These foundational chapters also provide concrete examples of what has worked and what hasn't worked in starting an Older Adult Ministry that reach beyond the antidotial in that they provide documented peer reviewed research to back up the claims made by the authors. The inclusion of current research as support for the practical application of ministry activities is one of the book's strengths.

What I found most helpful was the through explanation of the four steps necessary to begin a wholistic Older Adult Ministry or assessing an exiting program and how the second part of the book builds on these four steps to build/provide a solid program that will build upon the six basic spiritual needs of Older Adults as defined by the editor and contributors. The greatest strength of this book is that it does not ignore the spiritual needs of elders, in fact this book helps the pastor or Older Adult Leader see how many existing activity programs may meet psychological or social needs often miss the real spiritual needs of elders. The depth and breadth of spiritual needs that elders face are address and the authors provide concrete resources that will assist Older Adult Ministries at all levels to more effectively meet these needs. The editor and authors identify the following as the six basic spiritual needs of Older Adults (spiritual development, the need for continued learning, the need to serve, the need to be served, the need for quality pastoral care, and the need for community). These six needs have often not been clearly identified in previous literature in the field and the manner is which individual chapters explain and elaborate on these needs and how a wholistic Older Adult Ministry will meet these needs is a breath of fresh air to the literature in the field.

Part three provides the theoretical underpinnings and a practical planning grid tool that will allow existing Older Adult Ministry programs to examine their current program for their effectiveness in meeting the six spiritual needs of Older Adults. Part Three also summarizes the process and needs of an effective ministry that can be used to build a solid program from the ground up.

This book is easy to read and implement and is recommended as a useful tool for those wishing to evaluate their current Older Adult Ministry programs or for persons wishing to explore the development of an Older Adult Ministry in their congregation.

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