Older Adult Ministries

More than one in three Episcopalians is over the age of 65, and another 41% of Episcopalians are between the ages of 45 to 64. That means three of every four members of the Episcopal Church are age 45 or older. In terms of economic stressors alone (retirement age, technology gaps, social services, Social Security, and Medicare) the impact of this demographic group on local congregations is profound.

In recognition of this, the 2003 General Convention passed resolution A007, establishing the Task Force for Older Adult Ministry. In 2009, General Convention passed a further resolution, D004, recognizing the church's need for Older Adult Ministry and the importance of endeavoring to answer the following questions: How do we recognize, honor, and utilize the experience, wisdom, and gifts of "older" adults? How do we develop ministries that integrate and weave multiple generations together spiritually?

How do we cultivate Christ's message of hope and service for older adults, families, and their caregivers? How do we examine, explore, and create innovative and contemporary liturgical, spiritual, and service ministries by, with, and for all generations in the Body of Christ?


April 12, 2011

As the first baby boomers reach retirement age, the Older Adult Ministries Task Force of the Episcopal Church is recognizing and addressing issues and concerns of the aging population, and making available online resources, according to...

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This Family Survival Guide from 2006 deals with both crisis situations and planning for long-term caring and covers financial, insurance, legal, medical, psychological, cultural, ethnic, and religious issues (191 pages).

PowerPoint presentation by the Rev. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries, United Methodist Church, at the Wingspread seminar in 2009, hosted by the American Society on Aging (ASA) (25 pages).

From the Wingspread seminar in 2009, the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) offer these best practices in older adult ministry from across the US (7 pages).


Aging with Dignity is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity.

Forma is an association and dynamic community of Christian educators, formation professionals, and their institutional partners that celebrates and upholds the diverse ministries of Christian formation across the the Episcopal Church.

Nurturing Spiritual Growth for the Second Half of Life.