Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
senior adult, pastoral counseling, care ministries
Evans, Joe Lloyd, "Reincorporating Senior Adults into the Life of a Local Church" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3066.
This DMIN research thesis’s problem concerns that some senior adults have grown complacent in their walk with God at Judson Baptist. In response to this problem, the researcher desired to implement a trend of encouraging all senior adults to become fully engaged in serving Christ. This senior adult minister wanted to reincorporate inactive members into the life of the church. As the seniors were encouraged to reactivate their status, their prayer life and faith walk may have improved. The problem was addressed by using a specific plan and understanding its objectives of overcoming apathy and indifference in church life. A sample of three-hundred fifty older adults at Judson Baptist consented to participate in this project. A survey interview collection method was implemented in encouraging seniors to continue growing in Jesus Christ. Prayer and faith may have been rejuvenated in members’ lives. This project study will encourage other senior adult ministers and pastors to reevaluate their age group’s significance in extending God’s kingdom. Hopefully, the research will ignite a flame of interest as to why seniors think as they do, why they act in their unique ways, how they can be encouraged to be mentors to the next generation, and how they can contribute to the growth of the church. All of these answers will benefit ministry to senior adults. This project will help incorporate older adults into the local church to fully implement the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).