Older Adult Ministry
Welcome to the Kansas District Older Adult Ministry web page! We pray this page will be helpful for our congregations as they look for resources for senior ministry.
In 2019 the Kansas District appointed a task force to investigate ways of assisting congregations in ministering to the ever-growing numbers of seniors in our churches. The comprehensive report of the task force is included on this page. One important recommendation from the report was to find efficient ways of connecting with both the staffs of our congregations and with our lay members directly. This webpage is part of that effort. If you have ideas for additions, please let us know.
Tom Perry (Trinity, Mission and Shawnee), Chair
Older Adult Ministry Committee
NEW! Senior Moments Newsletter
In April 2021, the Older Adult Ministry Committee launched Senior Moments, a new quarterly newsletter intended to encourage and help establish enhanced Older Adult Ministry throughout the Kansas District. The publication is being produced at Trinity, Mission and Shawnee and mailed to congregations from the District Office. You can access a digital copy here.
The Older Adult Ministry Committee is developing a master list of our congregations’ older adult ministry contact persons. Which layperson in your congregation already serves, or would willingly serve, as such a “point person” or “advocate” for this vital aspect of your congregational life? Please email the name and email address of your contact person to District staff person Tami Lierz at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Thank you!
Older Adult Task Force Report
This report, produced in 2019 by our Older Adult Ministry Task Force, includes findings on older adult ministry, a survey of available and recommended resources, and implications for older adult ministry for both smaller and larger congregations. The report also contains sample documents for congregational use, including a comprehensive advance funeral planning document.
Additional Resources/Senior Ministry Page Example
If you’re looking for additional older adult ministry resources or a need a model for a older adult ministry webpage, check out the Senior Ministry page on the website of Trinity, Mission and Shawnee. Of course, every congregation will have its own particular needs and resources. This link is intended to get the conversation started.
Saints Alive After 55
Saints Alive After 55 is a ministry for older adults in the Kansas District. The group holds a three-day gathering each year that features keynote speakers, topical sessions, entertainment, and fellowship opportunities.
The 2020 gathering, which was scheduled for July 12-14 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, was canceled in response to COVID-19 concerns. The next gathering will be held in 2021.
If you’d like additional information about Saints Alive After 55, contact Tami Lierz in the District Office at email@example.com.
Older Adult Ministry Committee
Rev. Dennis Fangmeyer
Tom Perry, Chair
Rev. Cliff Winter
District Staff Contact
Assistant to the President for Education and Youth
785-357-4441, ext. 5001