A Vision For the Aging Church

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Are we ready for the opportunities and challenges facing the aging church? Now is the time for the church to offer ministry to its increasing numbers of seniors and to benefit from ministry they can offer. In this book James...

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Are we ready for the opportunities and challenges facing the aging church? Now is the time for the church to offer ministry to its increasing numbers of seniors and to benefit from ministry they can offer. In this book James M. Houston and Michael Parker issue an urgent call to reconceive the place and part of the elderly and seniors in the local church congregation. Confronting the idea that the aging are mostly a burden on the church, they boldly address the moral issues related to caring for them, provide examples of successful care-giving programs and challenge the church to restore broken connections across the generations. Cowritten by a noted theologian and an expert in the fields of social work and gerontology, this interdisciplinary book assesses our current cultural context and the challenges and opportunities we face. The authors show us that seniors aren't the problem. They are the solution.


  • Catalogue Code 337234
  • Product Code 9780830839483
  • ISBN 0830839488
  • EAN 9780830839483
  • Pages 279
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Church Life/issues
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Nov 2011
  • Sales Rank 63749
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.408kg

James M Houston

Jim Houston (M.A., Edinburgh; D.Phil., Oxford) is founding principal, former chancellor, and emeritus professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author of some forty books, including I Believe in the Creator; The Transforming Friendship; In Search of Happiness; The Heart's Desire and The Mentored Life.

  • Preface
  • Prologue: <em>distressed Communities</em>
  • <strong>part One: An Ageist Zeitgeist</strong>
  • 1. The Aging Church: <em>a Future Katrina?</em>
  • 2. Is Society Prepared For Its Aging Population?
  • 3. The Confused Cultural Role Of Seniors In Secular Society And The Church
  • <strong>part Two: Biblical And Historical Themes Of Aging</strong>
  • 4. Aging In A Biblical Context
  • 5. Biblical Roles For Seniors-elders
  • 6. The Portrait Of A Mature Christian Senior-elder
  • 7. Elders As Exemplars And Mentors For Christian Renewal
  • 8. The Lived Wisdom Of Christian Elders
  • 9. Honoring Elders In Early Christianity
  • <strong>part Three: Solutions For An Aging Church</strong>
  • 10. The Primacy Of Theological Anthropology In An Aging Church
  • 11. Aging Successfully: <em>myths And Realities </em>
  • 12. Caregiving: <em>the Twenty-first Century&#146;s Greatest Test Of Character</em>
  • 13. Local Senior Ministry Associations And Ecumenical Partnerships
  • 14. Important Steps To Unifying Our Communities
  • <strong>part Four: Late Life Significant Living</strong>
  • 15. Faith Is All About Relationships In A Culture Of Disability And Depression
  • 16. Facing Alzheimer&#146;s Disease And Other Dementias With Hope In God&#146;s Remembrance
  • 17. Christians, Seniors, And A More Personal Society
  • 18. The Vital Role Of Repentance
  • 19. In Summary: <em>becoming A Christian Elder In Rebuilding The Church</em>
  • <strong>part Five: Finishing Well</strong>
  • 20. Facing Death And Bereavement
  • Epilogue: <em>dying Elders, Living Church</em>
  • Appendix A: <em>"the Life Review" Preparation Tips And Questions</em>
  • Appendix B: <em>church Survey Questions</em>
  • Appendix C: <em>parent Care Readiness Program</em>
  • Appendix D: <em>sample Senior Ministry Association Correspondence</em>
  • Appendix E: <em>state Agencies On Aging</em>
  • About The Authors
  • Index

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