Spirituality and Aging as a Ministry Outreach
People prefer to seek help for mental-health problems from their pastor, rabbi, or priest rather than from therapists who are not affiliated with a religious community. This creates an opportunity for local clergy to construct spiritual-focused resilience-building programs and interventions together with key members of the healthcare and aging community.
God has a Plan for Family Caregivers
Ephesians 6:2-3 (NIV) exhorts us: “‘Honor your father and mother’”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” That is quite a promise. We all want to enjoy long life on the earth.
However, what happens when the pressure of this commitment leads to feelings of guilt or poor decisions based on self-reproach or lack of information and resources? God never meant for caregivers to care for their parents “at all cost”.
Keeping the elderly connected to the congregation through ministry outreach.
For most religious organizations, the elderly make up a large portion of their volunteer as well as financial support structure. They volunteer in multiple ministries, mostly those that focus on service and helps. They create purpose through supporting the growth of the church and walking along side each other as they face health challenges and losses. They have a need to be utilized in ways that make a difference for “their church”. Nevertheless, this demographic is often overlooked as to how to better engage them in the life of the church and strengthen their overall resilience.