Training Seminars for Seniors Ministry
- Categorized in: Seniors' Ministries
Seniors’ Ministry a High Priority
"Seniors’ ministry demands the attention of PCA churches," affirms George Fuller, who is the director of CEP’s senior program. "The challenge is to involve our churches’ seniors in service and ministry, while also supporting them." Fuller is a retired PCA pastor and served as president and professor at Westminster Seminary.
Local seminars have been effective in encouraging this effort. Evaluations done after each seminar have been most encouraging. The manual (Serving and Challenging Seniors) contains articles by 100 PCA ministers, nurses, doctors, therapists and others with expertise and experience in seniors’ ministry.
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One person can initiate the seminar. What do you need to do? Pick a date for the 3 ½ hour program (perhaps a Saturday morning). Clear the date with Dr. Fuller, who will lead the program. Invite presbytery (or nearby PCA churches) churches to send up to three participants (sample letters and registration form can be readily reproduced), at a cost of $150 per church (covers expense of materials). Provide light refreshments (you will be reimbursed $50 for expenses).
You have no other financial responsibility. If more than six churches attend, that’s great! If only two participate, we’ll rejoice in the opportunity!
These seminars are not designed for seniors, but are aimed at people with concern for seniors’ ministry (perhaps including seniors).
A recent participant wrote, "Your seminar showed me a glimpse of how much the covenant community needs to learn and examine in order to be prepared to minister to parents, friends and neighbors as they (and as we) age…. Of course, we are brainwashed by our youth-focused culture. We live in denial, even when we see the icons of our teen years appear on the cover of AARP’s magazine. Denial is a strong force against participation."
"I found the seminar to be rich with information, eye-opening, and helpful in giving perspective. You did exactly what Scripture calls teaching elders to do: you equipped the saints to do the work of ministry."
Participant in McLean, VA event
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