Ted House Pastor, Bible Baptist Church, Mount Orab, Ohio
The senior adults in the local church add great value to the congregation while at the same time meeting the needs of the seniors themselves.
I believe the sign of a healthy church is that it is multi-generational. The senior adults give the church family a great example of faithfulness and wisdom. Their influence is invaluable for the generations who are watching them as they serve the Lord. When we think of seniors we often are grateful for their financial support of the church, and we should be, but their spiritual support is far greater. They do bring great value to the congregation.
As I have had conversations with our senior adults, they have shared with me what they see as the value of the adult ministry to them. The time that they spend together in God's word is paramount to them. As the Word is taught in their meetings they can apply it to their lives at this particular chapter in their journey. They discuss the application and share personal insights and testimonies. They also say that the personal relationships they build with each other gives them a great support group within the larger church family. They say this support is both give and get. They enjoy helping and praying for one another during difficult times. They take meals to one another and help each other with daily tasks. Whether it is family problems or the loss of a loved one, or spouse, they really can relate to each other. This support system meets needs that are otherwise overlooked. Many of the senior adults have spent their whole life serving the Lord and find serving each other a great joy.
Senior ministry has become a great outreach tool in our congregation. seniors are often inviting other seniors to their luncheons and outings. Because they are having their own needs met, they share that with other seniors. We have had many first time visitors attend our senior meetings before they have ever visited a regular church service.
Senior adults do add great value to the local church!