Item description for Designing an Older Adult Ministry by Richard H. Gentzler...
Overview Are you doing everything you can to mobilize and involve the older adults in your church? This updated edition of Gentzler's bestselling ministry guide offers valuable insights on the specific needs and issues of later life and includes helpful ideas for expanding your ministries to today's active older adults.
Publishers Description 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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Studio: Discipleship Resources
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.28" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.25" Weight: 0.37 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0881772690 ISBN13 9780881772692
Availability 0 units.
More About Richard H. Gentzler
Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. specializes in ministries with aging/older adults for The United Methodist Church. A native of Pennsylvania, Gentzler lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Reviews - What do customers think about Designing an Older Adult Ministry?
Brief and Informative Jan 7, 2004
Designing and Older Adult Ministry is part of the United Methodist Church's effort to help congregations better serve older adults. While there are a fair number of Methodist-specific references (e.g. quotes from the Book of Discipline), as a non-Methodist, I still found this to be a valuable resource.
The book explores basic issues such as the needs of older adults and reasons ways congregations fail to understand and meet these needs. It also provides a sample process for developing an older adult ministry and examples of effective ministries. A useful list of resources and an extensive set of assessments and sample forms are also included.
While Gentzler does not explore subjects in great depth, the short, easy-to-read sections both enlighten and challenge. Portions of the book could be used as discussion pieces with groups of congregants or among a large staff.
Whether you are seeking to develop an older adult ministry in your congregation or to improve an existing ministry, you will certainly find something useful in Designing and Older Adult Ministry.