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Winter 2002 - Boomers, Builders, and Beyond

Theme Articles

Quick Takes on Aging Americans
An up-to-date profile from the Administration on Aging provides an eye-opening view into the world of the graying American adult population.

Ask the Superintendent—Senior Adult Ministries
Interview With Thomas E. Trask
How to make a way for the growth, development, and giftedness of the church’s senior adult members.

The New World of Senior Adults
By Charles Arn
Two dramatic changes are occuring in today’s older-adult generation. Discover how your church can take advantage of them to reach this growing segment of society.

Understanding Today’s Senior Adults
By Richard D. Dobbins
Confronting the ignornance and myths that cloud our understanding of aging and older people.

The senior surge—Leading in the Age Wave
Interview With Charles Arn and Timothy Starr
Forward looking churches would do well to consider in their strategic planning the role older adults, both churched and unchurched, can have.

Leading the charge against Ageism
By Arlene Allen
Is your church guilty of ageism? If so, here are steps to rid your church of these archaic notions.

Ministering in the age wave
By Stephen Sparks
Four steps to an effective senior-adult ministry.

Blending Builders, Boomers, Busters, and Bridgers
By Gary L. McIntosh
Ten vital steps for leaders who desire to blend builders, boomers, busters, and bridgers into one church.

Caught in the Middle
By Kenn Gangel
Sandwiched between the buster generation, boomers are redefining what it means to be caught in the middle. Consider these important characteristics of middle-aged boomers when planning your ministry to them.

Investing in Senior Adults
Interview With Billie Davis, Al Saunders, and Stephen Sparks
What can a church do to help senior adults become devoted, obedient, reproducing disciples of Jesus? Three key leaders share their perspectives on this important question.

A Burden or a Blessing? Tapping Into the ministry Gifts of Senior Adults
By Dean Freimund
Don’t overlook one of the greatest ministry resources in your church.

VÉRAISON—The final Flavoring (Preparing people for retirement)
By Ward Tanneberg
By His choice of this spiritual metaphor—the vine—Jesus pointed us toward an incredible third stage that is available to every Christian passing through mid-life. We must see it ourselves and help others prepare for it.

Selected bibliography for Senior Adult ministry
An abbreviated bibliography for individuals who provide ministry to older adults.

Features

The Hireling Spirit
By James K. Bridges
Jesus drew a distinction between the shepherd and the hireling. The contrasts are major, but the deepest difference is in the nature of the two.

Pentecostal Priorities—The Key to a vibrant, growing church
Interview With John Lindell
How one pastor’s commitment to Pentecostal priorities is transforming his congregation into a vibrant, growing, community of believers.

Editorials

MINISTRY MATTERS
By Gary R. Allen

IN CLOSING
By Stephen Sparks

Columns

Theological enrichment
The Power of the Oikos
By Alan Johnson

Word Study
The Value of Maturity and Old Age
By Stanley M. Horton

Clergy, Church & Law
Tax Court Addresses Clergy Income and Expenses, Again
By Richard R. Hammar

The Leaders Edge
Tough as Nails
By T. Ray Rachels

When Pews Are Few
In Praise of 7-11 Congregations
By Greg Asimakoupoulos

Financial Concepts
Stewardship of the Multibillion-Dollar Wealth Transfer
By Randall K. Barton

Counselors Corner
Whatever Happened to Happily
Ever After

By Debbie L. Cherry

Worship in the church
We Worship God Because He is Faithful
By Tom McDonald

History Is His Story
Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening
By William P. Farley

Preaching That Connects
Adapting Illustrations to Your Taste
By Craig Brian Larson

College Corner
The Demise of Certainty
By Richard L. Dresselhaus

Salt & Light
The Pastor-Evangelist
By Randy Hurst

Managing your ministry
Praying, Praising, or Pounding
By Steven Hunt

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