Adult Ministry

Co-chairs: Ethel Shelton, Mary Rawley, and Jo Williams

Adult Ministry Coordinator work with church and community leaders of all ages to address the needs and opportunities for older adults to grow as Christian disciples. Older-adult ministry shall be for, with, and by older adults. Older adults in the congregation and community will grow in faith as Christian disciples.

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

  • The older-adult ministries coordinator benefits from having one or more of these spiritual gifts: servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), leadership, administration, helping, and shepherding. This leader should show evidence of passion for older-adult ministry, prior effective ministry leadership, and active and growing discipleship.
  • Useful skills for this position are the ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages and the ability to work with other ministry leaders, delegate responsibility, and follow up to complete tasks.
  • This leader should show genuine interest in responding to the hopes and concerns of older adults in the community and congregation.


Responsibilities of the Position

  • The coordinator of older-adult ministry will be attentive to the hopes, concerns, and needs of older adults in the community to determine how the congregation might serve them and how they might serve one another as Christian disciples and good     neighbors.
  • This leader will identify key people in the congregation and community for collaboration and expansion of opportunities.
  • The coordinator needs to be familiar with the congregation’s overall goals and how they are achieved through the congregation’s ministry with older adults.
  • This leader will advocate that older adults are welcome and expected to be vital participants in all aspects of the ministry of the congregation. The coordinator will raise congregational awareness of the needs and contributions of older adults in the community and the world.
  • The coordinator will work with others to plan and carry out ministry with older adults in a varied and wide-ranging program that includes worship, study, fellowship, service opportunities, and more.
  • The coordinator will promote understanding of Christian vocation in daily life as a response to God’s call to ministry for all Christians.
  • The coordinator intentionally communicates with organizations, people, and resources in the community that relate to older adults and seeks to connect the congregation with the community.
  • The coordinator will guide the work of the older-adult council (if organized) throughout the year, including planning its agendas and presiding at its meetings.
  • The coordinator will work with other leaders to learn about curriculum and other resources available for older adults in order to help teachers and group leaders select appropriate resources for study and growth.



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