Tue 11 Aug 2009
Welcome to “Redd Alert”, a Senior Adult Ministry blog site
A little about the author: Lou Redd
“Redd Alert” is a brand new ministry vehicle for me and I want to welcome everyone to this ministry blog.
After Years of teaching school, and working with church youth (RA’s and Baptist Men) the Lord has opened the door and has called me into a full time ministry for middle and older adults (age 50+).
As of February 1, I began working with the Mid-Maryland Baptist Association with Director of Mission’s Joel Rainey, and the Baptist Convention of MD/DE (BCM/D) Missionary Ellen Udovich.
A little about the ministry:
With direction and power from our Lord, we endeavor to minister to the middle and older adult group (Seniors) which make up 40% of our church congregations. In addition, it is also one of the largest unchurched groups in America.
With those statistics in hand, we desire to;
- Develop church groups comprised of older Americans that will not only minister to their senior church members but also reach out to the senior community.
- For each church to transform their older adults into outreach vessels through social and ministry multi-tasking.
- To be informational.
- Learn how the Department of Aging, the AARP and other Senior focus groups can provide information.
As you can see the possibilities are endless.
As one person recently asked me, “what is a middle and older adult ministry?” my answer is that it is a plan for significant living in the second half of one’s life. One may have had a successful career, but at retirement one wants to continue to do something significant with the rest of his/her life.
In reality it is a time of re-purposing one’s life and how one accomplishes that is dependent upon the church and its staff.
The coordinates of attitude, spiritual growth and Godly habits leads one to strategize a plan to turn aging into significance. The goal of middle and older adult ministry is to move that significance into an action plan of service to others in the church and the community. The equation, Aging + Strategy + Action = SIGNIFICANCE in the second half of life.
A few strategic avenues:
Through mission trips one can resist complacency. Volunteering in your church, hospital, or soup kitchen will focus upon gifts, talents, and resources. Basically that is what middle and older adult ministry is all about.
God’s word hold the key:
With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory
Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, You who have been borne by Me from birth And have been carried from the womb; Even to your old age I will be the same, And even to your graying years I will bear you, I have done it, and I will carry you; And I will bear you and I will deliver you.
1 Timothy 1:12
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service,
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Now that you know a little about “Redd Alert” I welcome any questions or suggestions that you may have. Please feel free to send them to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please come back often, new blog updates will be posted monthly.
Until the next time, many blessings.