ENCORE Ministries

ENCORE Ministries is a new, valuable resource that is now available in the Tennessee Conference to help congregations meet the needs of the fastest growing demographic group in our conference.  And, because this ministry is funded by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, there is no cost to congregations or districts for its service. More About ENCORE

Nashville Public Television: Aging Matters | Abuse & Exploitation

NPT videoIt is estimated that one in ten adults over the age of 60 is a victim. But the truth is we don’t know for certain how many older adults are suffering from abuse. In the eighth edition of Aging Matters, Nashville Public Television explores the issues behind elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Learn More



scam alert

Scam of the Month (May 2017) Card Skimming Theft and How to Protect Yourself

Debit/credit card skimming is on the rise because it is easy for scammers. It is difficult to detect because the criminals place a skimming device over existing card reader slots.

Retire-To Volunteering

Retire-To Volunteering Podcast

Host Ed Zinkiewicz uncovers engaging—sometimes surprising, but never dull— volunteer opportunities available to retirees. Interviewing volunteers and volunteer coordinators each week, Ed highlights the meaningful contributions volunteers make and also the rewards volunteers receive.

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Seminar

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. shares a seminar titled Elder Abuse: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults.

can you hear me?

Scam of the Month (April 2017) Can You Hear Me?

DO NOT respond instead hang up the phone. This is a new scam circling the country, one that only requires you to say “YES.”

Lipscomb University

Certificate in Aging Services Leadership

I recently received information from Lipscomb University in Nashville about a new Certificate in Aging Services Leadership. In my working with various United Methodist congregations in the Tennessee Conference as the Director of ENCORE Ministries, I have heard leaders ask about advanced training in the field of aging and where they can receive such training.

Why Older Adult Ministry?

I want to briefly explore eight reasons why our denomination and local congregations should be intentional in ministries by, with, and for older adults.