A Vision for the Aging Church Paperback
Renewing Ministry for and by Seniors
by James M. Houston, Michael Parker;
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A Vision for the Aging Church
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Now is the time for the church to offer ministry to its increasing numbers of seniors and to benefit from ministry they can offer. In this book James M. Houston and Michael Parker issue an urgent call to reconceive the place and part of the elderly and seniors in the local church congregation.
Confronting the idea that the aging are mostly a burden on the church, they boldly address the moral issues related to caring for them, provide examples of successful care-giving programs and challenge the church to restore broken connections across the generations.
Cowritten by a noted theologian and an expert in the fields of social work and gerontology, this interdisciplinary book assesses our current cultural context and the challenges and opportunities we face. The authors show us that seniors aren't the problem. They are the solution.
A Vision for the Aging Church by James M. Houston, Michael Parker was published by IVP in November 2011 and is our 54521st best seller. The ISBN for A Vision for the Aging Church is 9780830839483.
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A Vision for the Aging ChurchBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
Seniors aren’t the problem. They are the solution! Ageism is a form of contemporary ‘social apartheid’. The authors summon those they call Seniors (though they actually seem to prefer the term elder, with ‘more subtleties of moral evaluation’) into the ‘late-life version of the crucified life’. They expose six ‘myths of aging’ and describe how we may ‘age successfully’. The goal is ‘an army of spiritually inspired, successfully aging seniors’. How may the Church ‘meet the demands and embrace the opportunities of senior living’, given that many churches are ‘aging to death’, through their failure to adopt an ‘intergenerational’ perspective. ‘Today’s church fails to recognise sufficiently the unique resource available in its senior members.’
In addition to providing better care for their seniors, churches should not only be offering ministry to and for them, but also be enabling ministry by them, so that older members of the church should not just be passive recipients of ministry but active participants. I found this book generally informative and thought provoking, for example in its material on Alzheimer’s disease, and Biblical perspectives on aging and Elders, but have to say that, particularly when I got to its later Appendices, I felt that its usefulness is limited by its being so firmly anchored in the North American context.
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Details for A Vision for the Aging Church
|Page last updated||5th August 2016|
|Author / Artist||James M. Houston, Michael Parker|
|Publisher||IVP (November 2011)|
|Number of Pages||279|