Older Adult Committee

The Older Adult Committee is providing opportunities for local church leadership and older adults to continue to grow in their knowledge, understanding and commitment to become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We are also guiding leaders of older adults to discover and use their individual gifts of ministry in service to transform the world for Jesus Christ. Several ways that we are accomplishing this is to: • • Encourage groups of older adults to attend the Southeast Jurisdiction Older Adult Conference at Lake Junaluska Joy Morrison, Chair of Conference Older Adult Ministries and Susan Groseclose, Director of Nurture Ministries, participated in the Older Adult Ministry Symposium sponsored by the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries. This event brought together conference leadership to  Explore effective ways to be in ministry with local church older adult ministry leaders  Discuss issues of aging  Explore ways older adults can develop relationships and be mentors to youth and young adults The committee met with Dr. Richard Gentzler, Director for the Center of Aging at the General Board of Discipleship, to create a plan for Older Adult Ministries in the TN Conference. This plan includes:  Each district Older Adult Coordinator will contact local church leadership to create a database of local church ministries with older adults • Explore possibility of developing a survey/assessment tool – revise survey in Center Sage • Identify creative, local church ministries with older adults • Identify the critical issue(s) for older adults  District representatives will schedule a meeting with respective D.S. to discuss the critical, important need to be in ministry with Older Adult Ministry leaders and to explore ways to resource and train older adult ministry leaders in the district. Nashville District is planning a training day for local church older adult ministry leaders on April 14, 2008.  A 2-hour workshop model – “How to Plan and Lead Older Adult Ministry in your Local Church” is available to district representatives to use at district training events.  Finalize plans for a conference-wide training for older adult leaders to be offered Fall 2008.

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Explore ways to create a conference Older Adult Ministry speaker’s bureau and/or training team(s) that will be available to local churches – partner with various agencies (McKendree Village) Spot-light church’s older adult ministries in conference Review Create a conference 4-year plan for Older Adult Ministries

Submitted by, Joy Morrison Chairperson Older Adult Committee