Church work with the aged

Inspiring a passion for service ministry in seniors at McKenzie Road Baptist Church

Author
Shirley Louise Cunningham
Abstract
Senior believers must stay active in service to continue their spiritual growth and passion for the Lord. Through this project, the candidate recruited, trained, and coordinated five teams of senior members in providing spiritual services in four community older adult residential facilities. The thirteen participating senior believers ministering to other seniors overcame common challenges older adults face and found a renewed passion for service. The participant's testimonies inspired the other senior members of McKenzie Road baptist for service.

Transforming Korean-American Senior Adults to Overcome Life Barriers through Biblical Enlightenment with an Intensive Life Review Experience at New Life Church, Fremont, California

Author
Horace Myung Lee
Abstract
Korean-American seniors generally are low-keyed and laid-back in their outward demeanor. It stems from generations of Confucianism infusing culture and idolizing this image as mature and dignified for aging adults. With the expansion of human life span where four generation families are no longer a novelty, there could soon be families with more people expecting to be served than available hands to serve. This project attempts to shake loose the faulty mindset of aging Korean-Americans though an intense life review experience by writing spiritual autobiography which will lead them to get involved in the ministry of others.

Leading Older Adults to Find Value and Purpose in God's Kingdom by Participating as Short-Term Missionaries with Pima Indians in the Gila River Indian Community of Sacaton, Arizona

Author
Everett Hardee
Abstract
This project was precipitated by a Bible study group that wanted to answer God's call for service. I enlisted a group of older adults for an eight-session ministry experience who learned about missions, evangelism, prayerwalking, and Pima culture then served as missionaries thorugh an evangelistic event. The project succeeded because the participants shared the Gospel with the Pimas, experienced pesonal change, and found God's value and purpose in their lives.

A pastoral way of solution for the loss of the old people in an aging society focusing on Daejeon Sansung Methodist Church

Author
Nam Sung Cho
Abstract
In Korea, while society is becoming an aging one, various problems are being brought about, such as disease, poverty, alienation, and so on. So long life is not a blessing any more. Rather it becomes a cause of suffering to a lot of the aged. In this sense, aging is not received positively. Among various problems in aging society, this thesis dealt with how to overcome the aged's alienation which was brought about by the loss of their roles in society and even in the church. And this thesis conducted a project to help them to recover their self confidence. This project conducted by recruiting 20 people among the aged who participated in the seminar for the aged, "Beautiful Life." They were composed of 10 men and 10 women. The project was planed of the service education for four weeks and the service practice for two weeks. And to see how they changed between before and after the project, this thesis surveyed them by several questions. Analyzing the survey, we could find that service was a good way to overcome the aged's alienation by the loss of their roles. Therefore, we can conclude that to positively encourage the aged to participate in service helps them to experience God's love and grace for them, and thus it helps them to overcome their alienation.

Finishing Well: A Model for Pastoral Care in a Lifeplan Retirement Community

Author
Richard C North
Abstract
Hill View Retirement Center is a life-plan retirement community in Portsmouth, Ohio and will serve as the context. The purpose of the project is to design and implement a new model of spiritual life programming based on the principles of reminiscence and life review. It is believed that this approach will encourage and assist elderly persons in their journey toward the goal of finishing life well. Upon completion of the project, it will be implemented at Hill View as its pastoral care and spiritual life program. The design encourages continuing adaptation to the changing needs of residents at the Center.

Engaging Aging Church Members Faithful Living in a Covenant Community

Author
Deborah K Uchtman
Abstract
This project explores why it is that some aging church members in my context experience a feeling of hopelessness and seem to disconnect from their faith. This question will be explored with the book of Ruth and in particular, the character of Naomi through a bible study, sermon series and a special congregational event that features a storyteller.

The journey home: images of death and afterlife with older adults

Author
Rebecca Gayle Church
Abstract
A widespread problem in pastoral practice today is an inadequate response by clergy in engaging older adults on their views of death and their hopes for what lies beyond. This author developed a six week program to assist in encouraging clergy and their parishioners in broaching this very important topic. The author utilized narrative, pastoral, and relational theologies to support her research. Also the use of qualitative research was utilized in the form of personal interviews, focus group participation, observation, and the building of a sand tray that depicted the image of afterlife. This author found that an inadequate response by clergy was founded. Participants expressed very little education from the church on this topic. Participants acknowledged gratitude for the opportunity to delve into this subject and hoped it would make have a conversation with family on last wishes much easier.

mobilizing "second-mile" Christians to engage in ministries in a Chinese church through the Tribe of Caleb project: an initiative to equip Cantonese-speaking senior Christians and provide them with opportunities to serve

Author
Gerald K Chan
Abstract
Chinese churches in Canada have been enjoying significant growth over the past few decades, but their aging Cantonese-speaking congregations have started to show signs of withdrawal from active church ministry. Using the action research approach, this project conducted worship services, training, outreach activities, and regular reviews to mobilize senior Christians to serve in the local church over a period of seven months. The outcomes obtained through feedback showed that the participants have enjoyed personal growth, been revitalized, and re-engaged in serving in the church and outreach activities. Suggestions for other churches to test-run similar projects were also made.

A homiletic approach on death & dying for aging Christians

Author
Robert D Hutchinson
Abstract
This thesis is an instructional resource to teach Christian ministers how to communicate a biblical message that will comfort older Christians suffering through multiple losses associated with the dying process. The thesis contains an exegetical and theological study related to suffering and dying, an overview on the nature and experience of suffering, and important considerations when preaching to older Christians. Also included is a three-part teaching guide with lesson outlines, handouts, quizzes and course evaluation form. Lastly, the thesis contains results and analysis from a live teaching of a portion of the material.

The final facts of life: another conversation between parents and children

Author
Samuel I Kellum
Abstract
People face a dizzying array of changes as they move into and through the final decades of Life. These challenges can include financial and health concerns, future living arrangements, final wishes, and discovering the ultimate value of one's life. Tragically however, widows, widowers, the never-married and divorcees are often left to contend with such issues alone. Meanwhile, they may have adult children who will also be deeply affected by these issues, and are able to help. But that help rarely comes. Instead silence, ignorance, and misunderstanding prevail between the generations regarding the realities that will impact them both. This project is an examination of these issues and the reasons that prevent aging parents and their adult children from discussing them constructively. The goal is to find ways in which the church can bring such families together for a mutually beneficial conversation.
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