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
ENCORE Awards 2018
The first annual Encore Ministry Awards were presented to seven (7) churches in the Tennessee Conference. The Awards ceremony was held during the dinner sponsored by the Golden Cross Foundation and Martin Methodist College on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Tennessee Annual Conference at Brentwood United Methodist Church.
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.
Scam of the Month (May 2018) Vacation Scams
While on Vacation As summer quickly approaches, keep Benjamin Franklin’s words of wisdom in mind: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
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
Festival of Wisdom and Grace
Theme: The Wise Shall Shine
Date: August 13-16, 2018
Lake Junaluska, NC
What is true wisdom? How do we receive it, cultivate it, and pass it on? You’ve led a full life. How do you continue to live into that fullness in retirement? Join others in the second half of life for a time of inspiration and renewal in the North Carolina mountains.
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