Ministering to Older Adults
The Building Blocks
Edited by Donald Koepke
Routledge – 2005 – 220 pages
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: