#10 in the eformation Series
"The boomers, who have tread new ground
and changed the landscape of culture and society
throughout their lifespan
are rapidly tipping into retirement.
Being adventuresome, many are on the cutting edge
of technology. At the same time, they are discovering
the physical, emotional, and psychological changes
that occur as they grow older and live longer.
What does the church offer this group?
And more specifically,
what is the role of digital ministry
in fostering communications, building relationships,
and exploring spirituality among adults 65-100?"
Dorothy Lithicum - Program Coordinator and Instructor
for the Center for the Ministry of Teaching
at Virginia Theological Seminary
Every age and stage of life
is God-ordained and therefore has a purpose.
Some workshop gleanings:
The Unites States has more people 65+
than the entire population of CANADA.
As many people 75+ leave our churches
as the youth after Confirmation.
This is the reason for the growth of boomers
becoming internet savvy and learning
about social media tools-
The fastest growing group of internet users
is the group 75+
because of this new generation
of grands and great-grands.
Health reasons often become the reason
older adults no longer can attend Bible Studies
and worship services.
They are seeking internet resources
for faith encouragement and spiritual growth tools.
It is no longer a once a month Communion
visit from clergy
that keeps them connected to "church".
Having resources for them to "SHARE"
lets them know they are not
a forgotten slice of the population.
The Passing of Faith from One Generation
to the Next is the Greatest Gift
we Give to both the Boomers and the Builders.
Five Practices for Ministries for Boomers
Social Media connections can be built in
as a basic part of Boomer Ministry.
Visual social media- Facebook and Pinterest
are two of the fastest growing sites for Boomers.
Often the Boomers want to be SHOWN HOW
to use social media tools.
They are not digital natives,
so find it less intuitive.
As they have learned that to keep
in the communication loop,
they must set out to "KEEP UP",
they form a highly motivated group.
And they "get it" -
when the church talks about deploying