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|All Authors / Contributors:||
J M Houston; Michael W Parker
|Description:||279 pages ; 23 cm|
|Contents:||Prologue: Distressed communities --
Part 1. An ageist zeitgeist. The aging church : a future Katrina? --
Is society prepared for its aging population? --
The confused cultural role of seniors in secular society and the church --
Part 2. Biblical and historical themes of aging. Aging in a biblical context --
Biblical roles for seniors-elders --
The portrait of a mature Christian senior-elder --
Elders as exemplars and mentors for Christian renewal --
The lived wisdom of Christian elders --
Honoring elders in early Christianity --
Part 3. Solutions for an aging church. The primacy of theological anthropology in an aging church --
Aging successfully : muyths and realites --
Caregiving : the twenty-first century's greatest test of character --
Local senior ministry associations and ecumenical partnerships --
Important steps to unifying our communities --
Part 4. Late life significant living. Faith is all about relationships in a culture of disability and depression --
Facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias with hope in God's remembrance --
Christians, seniors and a more personal society --
The vital role of repentance --
In summary : becoming a Christain elder in rebuilding the church --
Part 5. Finishing well. Facing death and bereavement.
|Responsibility:||James M. Houston and Michael W. Parker.|
Are we ready for the opportunities and challenges facing the aging church? Now is the time for the church to offer ministry to its increasing number of seniors and to benefit from ministry they can offer. A noted theologian and an expert in the fields of social work and gerontology show that seniors aren't the problem. They are the solution.
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