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



Jury Duty

Scam of the Month (Feb. 2017) Jury Duty Scam

Recently, in Metro Nashville and Davidson County, there has been an increase in the Jury Duty Scam. The FBI first issued a warning about this swindle in 2006.

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.

Pastoral Care Ministry for the Frail

Pastoral care for the frail is not difficult or complicated. For the most part, it is a simple gift of time and presence. Pastoral visits from clergy or lay volunteers maintain a connection with those who can no longer get to church so they know they are not forgotten.

Scam ALert

Scam of the Month (Jan. 2017) Utility Scams

Scammers manipulate people easily with utility scams because everyone is dependent on utilities. Water, electricity, heat & air conditioning are things most people rely on daily.

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.