Conference set to gear churches for boomer wave

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by Guest Author — July 31, 2013

The baby boomer wave is upon senior adult ministries, and people from all across the country are registering to “catch it” with the National Boomer Ministry Conference Sept. 5-6.

At First Baptist Church in Allen, participants will have a full schedule of breakout sessions, general sessions and entertainment.

Baby boomers remain the largest population group, now ranging in ages 49-67, said Keith Lowry, Texas Baptists’ single adult/family ministry/senior adult specialist. They tend to have a different mindset than the previous generation when it comes to finding a church home and often are turned off by the term “senior adult.” Most have led successful lives and yearn to continue leaving a legacy.

“Boomers have great gifts and skills,” he explained. “We are going to have to allow them to utilize those gifts and skills in ways that can be a blessing to others.”

A baby boomer himself, Lowry believes the conference will encourage churches to revamp their senior adult ministries.

“The point of this conference is to help our churches understand some things they can do to engage with and be attractive to baby boomers who are looking for a way to have an impact in the second half of their lives,” he said.

The conference will appeal to all churches, large and small. People who minister to senior adults will identify well with the topic as will baby boomers eager to minister to their own generation.

Keynote speaker Amy Hanson, author of Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50, is “probably the foremost authority on baby boomers in the country,” Lowry said.

Speaking one session is Timothy Jennings, who was voted one of America’s top psychiatrists by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Between the two days, participants will attend three breakout sessions of their choice. Some examples of session options include, “This Ain’t Your Momma’s Senior Adult Ministry,” “Boomers Living out Loud,” “Caring for the Caregiver” and “Alzheimer’s Disease — Looking Beyond the Negative Picture.”

Entertainment will be provided by the dynamic husband and wife duo SQuire Rushnell, who innovated TV shows such as Schoolhouse Rock, and Louise DuArt, who starred on tour with comedy icons Tim Conway and Harvey Korman for 15 years.

Their act, featured at 7:00 Thursday night as “Boomer Celebration,” will be open to the public for $10.

For more information about the conference and to purchase tickets, visit www.texasbaptists.org/boomerministry.

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