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.
First Zoom meeting will be on Monday night at 6 p.m.(ET), the first day of the class start. The subsequent Zoom meeting will be determined during that meeting.
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.
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 Speaker 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.