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
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.
Spotting the signs of elder abuse (infographic)
Abuse can happen to any older person. This new infographic from the National Institute on Aging at NIH describes the different types of abuse, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.
Scam of the Month (September 2018) Sweepstakes
Council on Aging (COA) received a call from a concerned resident of Nashville, alerting staff to a scam targeting older adults in Middle Tennessee.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Building Strong Support for Elders
June 15, 2018
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is a great opportunity to raise awareness about elder abuse and engage your community in action to protect elders.
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
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.
Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is the director for ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the Tennessee Conference – UMC. He is recently retired from the Susquehanna Annual Conference and is the former director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. Read More