Robert W Chism, (Bob)
Webmaster, Author, Speaker, Consultant
My prayer is that God will grant me the opportunity to assist those to know His plan for them.
About Robert W. Chism, CAM (Bob)
The foundation of Bob’s religious training has been his life:
71 years a Christian, IE only seven years less than his entire life
56 years of marriage
55 years a father
20 years a grandfather
Seven years caregiving for his wife for second stage dementia
Eight years of formal higher education
15 years of Aging Ministry research
Founder of New Beginnings
Over 2,500 pages on aging ministry in numerous articles, 11 guides,
40 years of a successful executive financial and strategic business career
His formal religious education includes a Certification in Aging Ministries (CAM) from the Center of Christian Leadership, School of Theology, Anderson University (Indiana), in Gerontology, and Aging Readings. At the time, there was only one religious, educational center offering CAM. He also holds an Honorary Doctor in Christian Leadership from the Los Angeles Development Church & Institute (California).
In his aging ministry career, he has completed 15 years of research; founded New Beginnings (www. gonewbeginnings.org/), an online state of the art learning center for all ages; plus written 11 guides , 15 books and numerous articles totaling over 2.500 pages.
The author wrote the following 11 guides:
Individual Aging Plan Guides
Elderhood Protirement Wellness
Finishing Extremely Well
Church Aging Guides
Aging and Development Ministry
Reading Certification Series
The author wrote the following books:
Introduction to Aging Ministry: A Handbook
“Feed ALL My Sheep”
Answers for the Next Generation
“Life’s Questions Just Come, but the Answers are Difficult and Innocuous”
Second Half of Life Seminary Curricula
“Less Talk About Mass-Aging and Much More Action”
12 Volume Aging Reading Certification Series
Fundamental Retirement/Protirement Planning
“Classic Primer for Young Adults”
God’s Grand Plan
“Believe & Achieve”
The Second Half of Life
“The Best is Yet to Come”
“Seeking, Sharing-with, Serving All Ages”
Daily Legacy Living
“Religious, Financial, Mental, Physical Health, and Social Leadership”
Planning the Life God Wants
“Finishing Extremely Well”
Essential Ingredients for Second-Half Ministry
“Elderhood Protirement Empowerment”
Life Stages Lessons
“Salvation, Stewardship, Wellness, Works”
A New Life Stage
“Elderhood, Life after Adulthood” (Age 65 to 84)”
Making an Aging Difference
“Guides for a New Life and Better Society”
“We're all on a Journey & leaving a Legacy. What will your life say?"
Second-Half Elderhood Protirement Ministry
“A New Official Resource Book”
The author has written numerous articles. The following are representative:
21st Century Church Growth
A Brave New Social Sector
Adult Ministry Plan for the Local Church
Against the Odds
A New and Better Second Half of Life Society
A reason, A season, A lifetime
Basic Second Half Ministry for 21st Century 'Tigers
God’s Call to Eternity
Healthy Lifestyle Plan
How Do You Plan to be Remembered?
Imagine Making Ageless Evangelism & Spiritual Growth A Priority!
Critical Points for Church Leadership About Adults Over 50
New Infusion of Enthusiasm for Midlife and Beyond Ministry
Pets Play an Important Role
Second Half Ministry Plan for the Local Church (Abridged Version)
Significant Health and Social Crises
The Twelve F’s of Super Centurions
Unbeliever Side Doors Evangelism USA Missions
He completed seven-years business higher education:
Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bowling Green University (Ohio)
Certified Public Accountant (Ohio and Illinois) retired
Management Master's degree from J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University (Illinois)
Before his protirement elderhood career, Bob completed a 40-year successful financial & strategic planning executive business career. He worked for four employers:
Price Waterhouse & Co. (Cleveland based International Certified Public Accounting firm).
ComCorp, Inc. (Cleveland based National Weekly Suburban Newspaper Chain).
Jepcor, Inc. (Chicago based International Dinnerware Wholesaler).
Kenall Manufacturing Co. (Chicago based International Lighting Company).
Aging Christian leadership is Bob's elderhood protirement's life work. He desires to achieve an accredited aging ministry curriculum for religious centers of learning as God gives him the strength.
In 2020 Bob wrote a text, the first of its kind entitled Introduction to Aging Ministry: A Handbook “Feed ALL My Sheep” (2020). In the book, the author sculptures aging Christian leadership into many different shapes. See this website’s blog article No.6 (https://www. gonewbeginnings.org/single-post/2020/03/06/ Aging-Ministry-Accreditation-Crusade-Update-No-6.
The text was the basis for launching the 2020 Aging Ministry Accreditation Crusade. As one aspect of the Crusade was mailing to Over 50 Religious Learning Center across the country three books: Second Half of Life Seminary Curricula, Answers for the Next Generation, and Introduction to Aging Ministry: A Handbook over three month and followed up three times. The results were outstanding. Six or 12% became a member of the 2020 Class to purse Aging Ministry Accreditation for the seminaries. The Honor Roll follows:
Rev. Mary Ann Hawkins
Dean of our School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Anderson University School of Theology
1100 E. 5th St.,
Anderson, IN 46012
Dr. Jonathan Strom
Professor of Church History; Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs;
Director of International Initiatives
Candler School of Theology of Emory University
1531 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
President Molly T. Marshall
Shawnee, KS 66226
Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Ph.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs / Academic Dean
Associate Professor of New Testament
Chicago Theological Seminary
1407 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
President and Professor of Theology Leanne Van Dyk
Columbia Theological Seminary
PO Box 520
Decatur, GA 30031
Academic Dean Dr. David Watson
United Theological Seminary
4501 Denlinger Road
Dayton, OH 45426
The process takes up to two years so that New Beginnings will be following up on the assigned faculty head in charge of the process.
We also have a professional prayer team who will be praying for the six institutions over the next two years for God's will. The Professional Prayer Team members follow:
Professor and Author Charles Arn
President Re-Ignite Richard Bergstrom
Director Re-Ignite Leona Bergstrom
Author Missy Buchanan
Dr. Peggy Fulghum
Professor and Author David P. Gallagher
Richard H. Gentzer, Jr. Executive Director ENCORE Ministry
Professor and Author Amy Hanson
Executive Director Cavin Harper Christian Grandparenting Network
Author John Heide
Planter and Pastor Chris Holck
Ken Horn, Former Senior Pastor of Grace Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri, Former lead editor through 2014 of the Pentecostal Evangel (the official magazine of the Assemblies of God)
Chuck Stecker, President Center for Intergenerational Ministry, President/Founder of A Chosen Generation
Pastor Emeritus Ward Tanneberg
Wes Wick Co-Founders of YES!
Also, for 2020 and beyond New Beginnings (Executive Director/Founder Robert W. Chism, CAM [Bob]) and A Chosen Generation (President/Founder Chuck Stecker, Ph.D.) are teaming up to create greater awareness in many different ways of aging Christian Leadership.