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Richard H. Gentzler Jr., DMin, is an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church and the Director of The Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries, General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to his experience as a parish pastor, Rick has been a college and seminary instructor, has served as a chaplain in various nursing homes and retirement communities and is presently an adjunct faculty member for Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books including Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century, Designing an Older Adult Ministry, Aging: Challenge to Church and Synagogue (with Donald Clingan), Forty-Sixty (with Craig Miller), and The Graying of the Church, and is Editor of Center Sage Newsletter for persons in ministry with midlife and older adults. He is recognized throughout The United Methodist Church as a key leader in aging and older adult ministries. He is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), the 2003 recipient of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA) ""Spirituality and Aging"" award, and he produced the award winning video in 2006, New Beginnings: The Gifts of Aging.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Discipleship Resources (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881775401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881775402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Times change, and people change with them. "Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach" is a look at aging and the changing spiritual needs of people who are advancing in age and the concerns that come with it. Telling ministers that while focusing on the needs of children and young adults is fine, it is important not to forget the needs of the elderly. Presenting much for ministers to think about and a lot of ideas for them, "Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century" is very much recommended reading for religious readers.
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Aging and Ministry provides a great introduction into ministry to the most rapidly expanding demographic group at he start of the twenty-first century. Gentzler provides a succinct but very informative overview of the challenges that older adults face, including the negative stereotypes that are prevalent in our culture today. He asks provocative questions about the reader's views surrounding these stereotypes and challenges us to think outside the box. Although the book is short, Gentzler provides concrete steps that can be used to develop and expand effective ministry to older adults. It is a wonderful introduction to a vast area.
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I received this book in a timely manner as it was being used for a study with other students. The books were in good shape and definitely met our expectations. I was pleased with the service.
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Recommended reading for churches who have a limited knowledge of seniors. This is excellent reading to begin an active
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