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Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50

ISBN: 978-0-470-63294-9
224 pages
June 2010, Jossey-Bass
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How ministry leaders can help older adults be a vital part of Christian community

With the explosion of the older adult population, this important book explores the opportunities and challenges that this presents for the Christian community. Amy Hanson challenges us to let go of many old stereotypes regarding aging and embrace a new paradigm that sees older adults as active, healthy and capable of making significant contributions.

  • Debunks the myths of aging that keep us from fully embracing the potential of people in life's second half
  • Offers suggestions on how to re-invent ministry with older adults
  • Focuses on unleashing older adults to serve and make an impact on churches and congregations
  • A volume in the Leadership Network series

The author shows church leaders how they can unleash the power of the baby boomer population to strengthen their congregations.

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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network.


Introduction: Reinventing Ministry with Older Adults.

Part One: Ready for More: The New Old.

1. A Wake-Up Call for the Church: A Reality We Can't Ignore.

2. Not What You Thought: New Ways to Think About Aging.

Part Two: The Boomer-and-Beyond World.

3. Aging Well.

4. Relationships and Responsibilities.

5. Retirement: What It Is and What It Is Becoming.

Part Three: Harnessing the Potential: Implications for the Church.

6. Letting Go of the “One Size Fits All” Mentality.

7. Serving: The Linchpin of a Successful Ministry.

8. Matters of Faith: Spiritual Growth for the Boomer.

9. Melding the Generations.

Conclusion: An Uncharted Opportunity.


About the Author.


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Author Information


Amy Hanson, Ph.D., is a speaker, teacher, writer, and consultant who is passionate about motivating church leaders to engage older adults in significant Kingdom work. By the age of twenty-three, she led the active adult (fifty plus) ministries at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas. Today she unites her doctorate in gerontology and her ministry experience to educate and equip pastors, denominational leaders, students, health care professionals, and older adults on the unique oppor-tunities of an aging America.

To learn more visit amyhanson.org.

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