” Millions of aging adults worldwide seek to remain active, contributing members of their communities and nations.”
-Paul H. Irving
Research shows that our population is aging; and with increased health and life expectancy, people continue to have an incredible amount to offer society as they get older. This is great news for our congregations! We have an incredible opportunity to invite our aging parishioners to continue to contribute to the mission of God, allowing them to have more fulfilling lives because of their sense of purpose.
Sermons provide opportunities to highlight purpose-filled activities for aging adults and invite them to embrace ministries they might have never considered. As pastors positively shape the narrative surrounding aging adults, they might find a place for them to share their stories or for younger adults to share how God is using them in their lives.
What to Consider
- What stories can you tell that create a new, honoring narrative surrounding aging adults?
- In what ways can passing on the Christian faith become a life-giving purpose for aging adults?
- How can you involve different generations in your sermon/worship service so that space is created for children to learn from your aging members?