The New Face of Ministry to Senior Adults

September 13, 2016

I wrote the October cover package for Word&Way (a Baptist magazine in the Midwest). The issue focuses on ministering to senior adults, with a focus on emerging trends.

The first article, Senior Adult Ministries Key to Church’s Future, looks at the increasing number of senior adults in the United States and the impact that'll have on church ministries. The piece includes comments from Bill Hooper (senior adult pastor at First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Mo.) and Bill Baer (a pastoral care minister at Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo.).

The second article, Ministering to Aging ‘Baby Boomers,' considers the upcoming generation of senior adults and how they bring different expectations to life, retirement, and family. The piece includes comments from Frank Fain (director of adult ministries and educational services for The Baptist Home) and Nick Davis (eastern regional vice president for the Missouri Baptist Foundation).

I hope the two articles bring more attention to an important area of church ministry.