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

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

Amy Hanson

ISBN: 978-0-470-63294-9

Jun 2010, Jossey-Bass

224 pages



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.

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.