WHY is ALOA so passionate about ministry with and for older adults?
Scriptural mandate – ALOA reminds the church of God’s view of older adults.
- God loves elders – Isaiah 46:4, Isaiah 40:31, Ruth 4:15 & Psalm 90:12
- God values old age – Psalm 91:16, Proverbs 16:31 & Psalm 71:18-19
- People of all ages have significance in the body of Christ – Leviticus 19:32, Genesis 12:1-4 & Luke 2:25-38
- Older people have many gifts to share – Job 12:12, Job 32:7 & Proverbs 20:29
- Old age is a gift of God – Psalm 92:12-14 & Proverbs 17:6
→ Opportunity: Each congregation can publicly affirm the high calling and purpose of this stage of discipleship and celebrate the various milestones contained within it.
Demographic Realities – ALOA endorses a transformation of thought, actions and strategies about older adults that mirrors the world today.
- A total of 10,000 adults turn 65 each day. This pattern is expected to continue for the next twenty years.
- The population paradigm has already shifted from a pillar to a pyramid, reflecting the “age wave tsunami.”
- Most congregations cling to the outdated assumption that youth ministry is the key to church growth, instead of aligning with the growing number of older adults.
- Older adults comprise a large proportion of our existing congregations.
- The older adult population offers significant, yet untapped outreach potential.
→ Opportunity: Each congregation can prioritize ministry by, with and for older adults.
Maximizing the potential – ALOA advocates for older adults as a significant resource to the church and community.
- Sharing personal faith history is a vehicle to communicate wisdom and core Christian beliefs across generations.
- The call to discipleship reflects a lifelong journey.
- Intergenerational experiences offer contact across multiple age segments.
- Older adults face unique challenges and situations that require targeted advocacy, encouragement and action.
- Because the older adult population is as diverse as any age segment, multi-dimensional strategies most effectively meet the varying and sometimes overlapping individual needs.
→ Opportunity: ALOA can assume national thought leadership among organizations serving the older adult faith community and beyond.