For discussion

February 15, 2012 | Feature | Number 4

1. What are the demographics of your congregation? What percentage is over 65? How many of those are frail elderly? What programs or ministries are designed specifically for seniors? Do the older members of your congregation feel involved and engaged?

2. What are the benefits of hiring a congregational parish nurse? Is this something your congregation would consider? How much are physical, emotional and spiritual health connected to each other?

3. How will the aging of baby boomers affect the church of the future? Is it accurate to call it a grey tsunami? What will happen to church institutions (such as schools, mission boards or publishing agencies) if the next generation does not give them strong support?

4. How does your congregation work at engaging young and old together? Do older members sometimes feel excluded? How could you work at involving those who are not able to come to worship?

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