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
It 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
Resources for Celebrating Older Adult Recognition Day
The material in this resource will provide you with information on how your local congregation can celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day.
Beersheba Springs Assembly Spring Fling
Date & Time: May 1, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: 58 Hege Ave., Beersheba Springs, TN
Join us for a fun filled day this spring on the mountain! This event includes: Hors d’oevres, lunch, spring activities in the morning, and worship in the afternoon.
Aging and the Spiritual Journey (CSA Journal, Vol. 1, 2019)
Older adults need to feel included as vital assets in their congregation as they age. Though the spiritual journey will change over a lifetime, a need to feel loved, accepted and useful within their house of worship remains.
Season of My Soul: Conversations in the Second Half of Life
Dates: May 10-11
Location: Scarritt Bennett
This retreat is geared primarily to folks over the age of 50, but anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend.
Creating Dementia Friendly Faith Communities
Fostering spiritual connection and meaningful engagement for those living with dementia and support for families, as we work together to stop Alzheimer’s.
2019 Encore Ministry Award Nomination Form
Each year at the Tennessee Annual Conference, Encore Ministry recognizes individuals and congregations that are engaged in exemplary ministry by, with, and for older adults. You are invited to nominate a United Methodist church and/or a church leader in the Tennessee Conference for the 2019 Encore Ministry Award.
2019 ENCORE Ministry Awards
During the Golden Cross Foundation Dinner at the Tennessee Annual Conference session on June 13, five (5) churches and one (1) individual were presented with the ENCORE Ministry Award for 2019. The awards were presented by the ENCORE Ministry Committee for exemplary ministry by, with, and for older adults in the Tennessee Conference.
Advance Care Directives: Preparations for the Unforeseeable Future
An advance directive is a legal document in which a person spells out their health care preferences for use in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Drafting one provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members and medical professionals.
A New Book and Church Resource by Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.
An Age of Opportunity by Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of ENCORE Ministries, provides church leaders with information on how to grow and sustain their ministry into a truly spectacular, creative, and visionary model that will serve the church.
Published by Discipleship Resources (May 2018), you can order your copy today through the Upper Room Books at 1-800-972-0433 or at Bookstore.UpperRoom.org
Fall 2018 Encore Ministry Newsletter
How to Replace Vital Documents that are Lost or Stolen
Replacing important documents that are lost, stolen or damaged is pretty easy if you know where to turn.
ENCORE Ministry District Team Leaders
A new network of leaders in older adult ministries in the Tennessee Conference has been formed by ENCORE Ministry called ENCORE Ministry District Team Leaders.
A ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation, Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church.
First United Methodist Church Manchester, TN November 3 from 2 PM to 4:30 PM Learn more (pdf)
From the Director
The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is the Director of Encore Ministry, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. He is retired both from the Susquehanna Annual Conference and as the director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Read More