According to the US Census Bureau, in the next 20-25 years, the United States is projected to experience rapid growth in its older population. The baby boomers are largely responsible for this increase. The aging of the population will have wide-ranging implications for the country including the way that we look at the demographics of the church and develop discipleship and church growth strategies.
Along with vitality, mobility, and agility changes, many of our older seniors stop attending worship services when they stop driving and/or when they move to a new location, whether it is closer to relatives or into an adult residential community.
The Bible teaches that the older generation is necessary to the church. The Apostle Paul tells us in Titus 2:6 that the older women “are to teach what is good, and so train the young women.” In Job 12:12 we are told that, “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days”, Psalm 92:14 says that our seniors, “still bear fruit in old age.”
Celebrate Seniors is a ministry of Faith Dialogue, a 501(c)3 faith-based nonprofit. It was developed in partnership with the new 239 unit independent, assisted living and memory care facility, Windsor at Celebration. Celebrate Seniors provides two weekly Sunday morning services, midweek Bible studies and Chaplain services to the residents. The ministry model of Celebrate Seniors embraces both cooperation and coordination with area churches. We maintain an active census of adult residents that are members or have a desire to identify with a local area church.
Celebrate Seniors embraces the older generation, restores dignity, promotes a healthy spiritual life, provides spiritual growth opportunities and ministers as well to the families of these senior adults.
Celebrate Seniors actively coordinates and cooperates with established area nonprofits and organizations that provide care to area seniors including the churches, hospitals, nursing centers, continuing education and art/cultural advocates
The model for Celebrate Seniors can scale regionally and nationally at other senior facilities. Independent and assisted living residential facilities throughout the United States are aware of the spiritual needs and benefit of healthy spiritual growth in our senior population.
Collaboration and Coordination with Area Churches
Celebrate Seniors is a ministry of Faith Dialogue, a nondenominational fellowship and coordinates church activities with area churches including Celebration Community Church, Community Presbyterian Church, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, illuminate church, Celebration Anglican Fellowship and Celebration Seventh-day Adventist Church. Area churches often have activities they would like to plan for the residents and that type of spiritual enrichment is welcomed and embraced by Celebrate Seniors and the residential community.
Volunteers are always welcome and information on volunteer opportunities can be found here
Celebrate Seniors as part of Faith Dialogue relies on the financial support of our friends and supporters. To make a donation, please click here.