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More than 250 individuals from churches across the country "caught the boomer wave" at the second annual National Boomer Ministry Conference on Sept. 4-5 at First Baptist Church in Dallas.

Hosted by Texas Baptists Bible Study/ Discipleship Team, the conference shed light on the need for better ministry amongst the baby boomer generation.

Conference leaders pointed out baby boomers, born in the years 1946 to 1964, are now turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day, and will continue to for the next 18 years.

Keynote speaker Amy Hanson spoke on various subjects such as the changing landscape of adult ministry, how to begin a boomer ministry and how to make the transition. Hanson is the author of the book Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50.

"We were challenged, encouraged, uplifted, educated and shared great fellowship together," said Keith Lowry, boomer ministry specialist for Texas Baptists. "But the most important thing we shared was a common desire to share Christ with the baby boomers."

Another guest speaker, Missy Buchanan, author of Joy Boosters, also joined the conversation with a topic on "So you think you can't stand the heat!"

In between general sessions, the audience split off into smaller groups facilitated by various leaders with boomer ministry experience. Some of these sessions included "Boomer Retirement as a Spiritual Journey," "This Ain't Your Momma's Senior Adult Ministry" and "Reaching Baby Boomers with the Gospel."

The final big group session gave audience members the opportunity to ask questions to the conference leaders about transitioning from a traditional senior adult ministry to a boomer-focused ministry.

"The 2014 National Boomer Ministry Conference was a tremendous success," said Lowry, "Thanks in large part to the teamwork provided by our planning team and many others at the BGCT.... We were hosted by a great ministry team at First Dallas, who provided exceptional facilities."

Plans are being made for the 2015 National Boomer Ministry Conference at First Baptist Church in San Antonio Sept. 9-11. Details will be available at Visit the link for boomer ministry information and resources.

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