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Author: Richard H Gentzler, Jr

Richard H. Gentzler Jr., D.Min., is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and served as director of The Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church until his retirement. In addition to his experience as a parish pastor, Rick was an instructor in various colleges, universities, and seminaries and served as a chaplain in various nursing homes and retirement communities. 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. Rick is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), the 2003 recipient of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging “Spirituality and Aging” award, and producer of the award-winning video New Beginnings: The Gifts of Aging.

Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century

Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century

An Inquiry Approach

Format: Print Book

The church is in the hands of its elders. While the popular perception is that the aged are needy and infirm, Gentzler affirms that the majority of older adults have plenty to give. The church needs to tap into their wisdom, energy, experience, and ...

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Designing an Older Adult Ministry

Designing an Older Adult Ministry

Format: Print Book

Building on the success of Designing a Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults, author Rick Gentzler gives readers new ways to develop and strengthen ministries with older adults, providing: information about the needs and life issues of older adul...

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New Beginnings DVD

New Beginnings DVD

The Gifts of Aging

Format: DVD

How are older adults living their later years? New Beginnings looks at aging in our society and provides a glimpse at a variety of creative church ministries that are being enjoyed by older adults. Mission opportunities and teaching service abound i...

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Safe Sanctuaries - Older Adults

Safe Sanctuaries - Older Adults

The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults

Format: Print Book

Have you ever thought of older adults in your church as being vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, or neglect? The statistics are sobering. According to the AARP Bulletin, each year 1 in 7 older Americans is victimized physically, emotionally, or fina...

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