Are you inspired to learn new ways of helping your congregation develop an intentional and comprehensive ministry that is by, with, and for Boomers, Gen X’ers, and others in their golden years? These are the older adults who often play leading roles in our congregations. This course explores innovative and practical ways of helping congregations develop outstanding ministry with members of our Baby Boomer Generation and beyond. It offers a rich learning experience that includes knowing more about the aging process and the developmental stages of midlife and older adulthood and how we can best shape our ministry.
This Lay Servant Ministries Advanced course format includes instructor facilitated discussions, two Zoom Meetings and worship.
In addition to blackboard, There are two (2) required Zoom meetings. These will be held on Monday July 10 from 6-8 PM Eastern time and on Friday July 21 from 6-8:00 PM Eastern time. The meetings will not be recorded.
Learners will need to obtain this book for the class: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
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This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course in Lay Servant Ministries and qualifies for 10 contact hours for Lay Speakers.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 2
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, required
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (Lay Servant Ministries)
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About the Instructor
David Palmer is director of Lay Servant Ministries for the North Central District in the Florida Annual Conference, and serves on the Conference Board of Lay Servant Ministries. He is a Certified Lay Minister and liturgist, preaching in a fill-in pulpit role. He also is District Lay Delegate, Member-At-Large, to the Florida Annual Conference. His career experience includes 47 years in emergency medical and public safety services, working with aging persons as a paramedic and providing leadership with one of the largest volunteer units in Florida through the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Program. There 900+ primarily aging volunteers support community emergency preparedness, response, and communications. David also leads Bible studies, leadership training and small group mission and outreach ministries with this age group.
Past Learners Said…
“I learned how important it is for our aging population to have both assistance and be part of ministering to others. We need to be of service and add meaning to our life and the life of others.”
“I have learned so much by taking part in this class and look forward to sharing new insights and ideas with my church!!”
“This has been the most rewarding class I’ve taken since I started my Lay Speakership 10 years ago!”
“The discussions have given me purpose in bringing meaning to all of our older church goers.”
“It has really opened up new avenues that I had not considered before.”
“I take away much wisdom and great ideas for ministry.”
“I’ve taken numerous classes over the last 10 years or so, and this one has truly been one of the best ones EVER!” “I really enjoyed David’s teaching style.”