What Age is the Best Age?

June 14, 2017 ...

Moses spent 80 years preparing to become one of the greatest leaders in human history — 40 years as a prince in Egypt and 40 years as a shepherd in Midian. He rose to historic leadership as an octogenarian, long after most Americans would have enrolled in Medicare. This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary …

On Baby Boomers & Beyond

June 12, 2017 ...

At the age of 23, Amy became the full-time active adult minister at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, where for five years she led a ministry of over 300 adults 50 and older. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Bible and family ministry from Manhattan Christian College, a master’s degree in gerontology from …

Context and Connection

May 31, 2017 ...

Like members of a family or parts of the body, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials each contributes something unique and valuable. Similarly, each member needs to be understood for its individual identity, while also being appreciated for what it contributes to the whole. Of course, not everyone fits exactly into the mold of their …

No Recommended Retirement Age for Pastors

October 31, 2016 ...

“Age is not necessarily good predictor of effectiveness,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There are 75 year olds who have active and growing ministries, and 40 year olds whose ministries are struggling and lacking fruit.” George Wood, general superintendent of Assemblies of God, said, “My most productive years have …

Finishing Well

June 21, 2014 ...

When we use the phrase, “finishing well,” we mean following Christ to the very end of our lives, finishing his assignments for us and hearing his “well done, good and faithful servant.” How then do we finish well? Much has been written about this topic in the past decade. We’d like to add a few …

Q&A with Dan Busby

June 21, 2014 ...

Q What kind of budget adjustments should churches make if they project a growing population of older members? A Make adjustments to the budget as giving levels change. A recent ECFA survey reflected that leading churches budget conservatively. Leading churches (those that had the characteristics of large, growing churches) set their budgets about 10 percent …

The Graying U.S. Population

June 21, 2014 ...

With advances in health care and the dramatic decrease in smoking, people are living far longer than they used to. In addition, the massive baby boomer population (people born between 1946 and 1964) is moving through the age spectrum like a pig through a python — and the oldest boomers are already nearing 70. The …

The New Old

June 21, 2014 ...

If we want to be churches that are culturally relevant, we must begin to make this a priority. As I’ve traveled around the country and interacted with hundreds of church leaders, I’ve discovered several things that can be done to prepare for ministry with aging baby boomers. Do not ask baby boomers to fold into …

The Bible’s Retirement at 50

June 21, 2014 ...

But what about Moses who didn’t start his job as leader of Israel until he was 80 and kept working until he was 120? And then there was Abraham, claimed as the father of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, who became the father of Isaac when he was 100. God is infinitely old. Jesus …

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