Boomer Webinars Start Today – Jan. 24th – 7:00 pm Central

“My generation is becoming invisible, especially in the church.”

This quote from a boomer gets our attention.  When boomers were young, churches tried their best to attract them to their churches.  Worship services were designed to meet their needs.  The mega-church movement was born and what we call contemporary Christian music became mainstreamed in congregational life. Boomers who were inspired by the Jesus’ Movement became pastors and leaders in the church. Others focused on the social gospel and looked for ways to transform their communities.  

But now that boomers are retiring, are they needed anymore? This is the question every church and ministry will need to face as they look to the future.  In the past people who were over sixty-five were considered to be past their prime.  Church programs were designed to entertained them or give them opportunities to get out of their homes.  But boomers are not their parents.  They do not like to be called “old” or “elderly.”  They will not be attracted to “older adult” programs. 

Today, what we call aging is being revolutionized by Boomers, the generation born from 1946 to 1964 (ages 53 to 71). Every facet of American life will be impacted by the explosive growth in the numbers of this group who is moving into their retirement years.  Those who are healthy at age sixty-five can expect to live another productive and active fifteen years till they reach their eighties.

Even our new president, whether you like him or not, is seventy-years-old.  His primary opponents, with Hillary at sixty-nine and Bernie at seventy-five, are great indications of the new way those over sixty-five are facing the issues of aging. They still want to make a difference.  They still want to contribute.

Rather than ignoring the boomers, churches have another chance to connect with them as they continue the search for God that defined them when they were young. Churches who pay attention to the boomers will reap great benefits, those who ignore them will lose out.

Craig Kennet Miller, the author of Boomer Spirituality: Seven Values for the Second Half of Life, invites you to join him in a three-part series of webinars that starts on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to explore three topics that will look at key aspects of the way boomers think and how the events of the past will affect all of our futures.

Who are the Boomers?
REGISTER FOR WHO ARE THE BOOMERS
DATE: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
TIME: 7pm Central
Born from 1946 to 1964, Boomers have revolutionized every aspect of American life.  As they move into their second half of life, learn about the challenges they face as they age.

The Spiritual Roots of Boomers
REGISTER FOR THE SPIRITUAL ROOTS OF BOOMERS
DATE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
TIME: 7pm Central
Formed in the crucible of the 1960s and 70s, the spiritual roots of boomers still effect them today.

Boomers and the Search for God
REGISTER FOR THE SEARCH FOR GOD
DATE: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
TIME: 7pm Central
Since their youth, boomers have been on an ongoing search for the divine.  From the New Age Movement to the explosion of mega-churches the boomers quest for the spiritual life has challenged the traditions of the past and provides great opportunities for ministry in the future. 

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