The Official, first of its kind, 21st Century handbook for Aging Ministry.
The text focuses attention on pastoral and broader societal aspects of aging. The text is directed to student’s preparation in ministering to both ends of the life cycle, i. e., adolescents (ages 12-20) and elderhood (ages 65-84) in the 21st Century.
After completing this text, the student will have a deeper understanding of age-related issues:
The new elderhood life stage
Intentional domestic older adult unchurched evangelism
A simultaneous approach with adolescent and elderhood life stage to create better understanding
Early discernment, planning, and preparation of God’s life plan for protirement
Utilization of all age volunteer lay leaders for ministry (“to” and “among” and “by” and “with”) working together alongside their pastors
Understand the interdisciplinary relationships of intergenerational, elderhood protirement, and financial development ministry
Local congregational implementation approach
Coordinate volunteer member church philanthropy
Introduction to Aging Ministry condenses over two thousand five hundred pages from fourteen books, eight guides, and numerous articles plus draws on 15 years of research by the author.
Robert W. Chism (Bob) is Certified in Aging Ministries (CAM) by the Center of Christian Leadership, School of Theology, Anderson University in Indiana, Gerontology, and Aging Readings; recognized for his second half of life research; founder of New Beginnings (www. gonewbeginnings.org/); an author, speaker, and consultant on second-half & intergenerational ministry training & equipping tools that Bob has been instrumental in developing, since graduation from a full-time business career.
During a forty-year financial & strategic planning business career, he worked for Price Waterhouse & Co (International Certified Public Accounting in Cleveland), ComCorp, Inc. (Cleveland based National Weekly Suburban Newspaper Chain), Jepcor (Chicago based International Dinnerware Wholesaler), and Kenall Manufacturing Co. (International Chicago based Lighting Company).
His pre-business education was a Management Masters from J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University and Business Administration Magna Cum Laude from Bowling Green University, Ohio.
Life’s questions come first, the answers are more innocuous. Answers for the Next Generation is a guide to help equip, energize, and enable each generation insight into the appropriate answers.The book provides the facts about Responsibility, Salvation, Marriage, Stewardship, Legacy, Wellness, Patriotism, Age Equality, Elderhood & Protirement Understanding, and Generation Cognizance to one's life on earth and for eternity.
This is about a new stage of life, elderhood.
Due to longevity the traditional human life stages have become outdated. The new life stages are as follows:
Emerging Adults (20-34)
Full Adults (Late 30s)
Sandwich Generation Adults (40s-Mid 60s)
Elderhood Adults (65-84)
Frail Adults (85 plus)
The book was written to emphasize the need for Second Half of Life Ministry Seminary Curricula texts for training and equipping students; for seminary graduate pastors; and elderhood protirement laymen desiring training and equipping for the best uses their time for the Lord.
It also showcases a Second-Half Ministry Reading Certification Series.
What is needed is less talk and much more action.
Second-Half Elderhood Protirement Ministry and the New Beginnings website
promote societal awareness of second halfers’ unique DNA;
mobilize more effective ministry to, with, and by second halfers alongside talented pastors;
publicize the need for intentional evangelism to reach unchurched-able second halfers;
encourage intergenerational benevolence and generosity development; and
help second halfers make the most of their 50Plus life.
Bob’s prayer for Church and seminary leaders is that they may use this manual to create momentum to properly equip and train students and laymen about the process and realities of aging. His prayer for second halfers is they will discover God’s plan of significance for them and will live out their legacy for His glory in a brave new social sector.
Nothing just happens, it is made to happen. Steve R. Covey wrote in The 8th Habit the following: "Any individual who has had a profound influence for good onothers, on institutions or on society...possessed vision, discipline, passion andconscience." One of the strategist secrets is we become what we think about most,according to Earle Nightingale.
Longevity Response-Ability is a collection of readings (legacy letters, stories, and plans) written by team members about what church leaders and second-halfers can do to unleash the determination and power of a new “life stage” (65-84), called Elderhood (life beyond adulthood). Step one is to educate theological educational institutions, corporate church bodies, local congregations, nonprofit and private enterprises and governmental legislative bodies about the realty of a new “life stage.” The second step is to educate those in the second half of life to their choices for making a difference. The theme is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.
Making an Aging Difference offers a toolkit of guides for helping second- halfers make the most of the next phase of their life. The book provides both information and instruction for helping to make a more productive second-half of life and potential aging legacy. The tools were developed through years of research, education and personal experience. Royalties from this document are committed to making an aging difference.
A New Life Stage is about WHY God has given us an individual plan, gifted us as well as provided us with an extra 30 years to make an eternal difference in our second half of life. The book teaches about a new life stage, elderhood, life after adulthood, and equipping, energizing, and enabling protirement.
"Life Stages Lessons were written as an Alpha Tau Omega life guide book for American's financial, mental, physical and religious health."
Everyone, particularly your children, grandkid, women, and elderhood adults, will benefit from the book. Life Stages Lessons focus on the matters that make a difference (a Budget) in this life and make all the difference (Salvation) for eternity.
The book is devoted to life seasons training to better prepare elderhood adults to implement protirement service opportunities as well as devote themselves to participatory democracy and protecting the homeland against unconstitutional government.
The focus of the book is on the second half of life, particularly preparation for the third age, elderhood and protirement; and the fourth age, frail adults.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever [YOUNG and OLD] believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life," John 3:16 (NIV).
The Essential Ingredients for Second-Half Ministry was written to answer the question as to the missing ingredients for the church to be successful with the new life stage of Elderhood, graduation from the public sector, and the protirement life style.
Planning the Life God Wants was written for Christians, non-Christians, those in debt, those planning their life and those wishing to leave a legacy. The focus is on salvation and stewardship with a brief mention of mental and physical health.
In our Christian walk there is much to be accomplished in our congregation, community, state, and nation by fighting against the unshakable facts (challenge ageing intolerance and conflict; unconstitutional government; and reclaiming our nation as Christian and free)
Legacy is anything handed down from one generation to the next. It can be heredity, inheritance, or heritage. A legacy also leaves behind the story of a person, so that they are not forgotten. Legacies are important pathways for the future to follow or to be guided by in order to make better decisions in life.
Leaving behind a legacy gives us comfort in knowing that once we are gone, we will not be erased from the memories of others.
If you do not start planning the person you wish to be at an early age, it’s not likely to happen.
How do you plan to be remembered?
It all depends on you!
The dictionary (thesaurus) defines ISM as a distinctive cause (conviction, belief), doctrine (opinion, view point), or theory (rationale, hypothesis).
Longevity Response-Ability Commission
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever [YOUNG and OLD] believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life," John 3:16 (NIV). 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) declares "...grace is sufficient for all your [RELEVANT] needs."
Chism's Isms is a collection of articles and essays for church leadership and second-halfers to grow, connect, serve, reach, and better prepare for a fuller, more productive, rewarding life and eternity with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The theme is making an elderhood protirement adult difference for Christianity and country.
"It is an incredible time to be growing older. This longevity factor creates new opportunities for people in the second half of life. For the first time in the history of humankind, we or our children or grandchildren may live to be 120. Today, the man or woman can anticipate living twenty to thirty or more years and needs to design a new beginning,"
“Anyone can retire from a world of work, but it is quite another thing to find something to protirement to,” Richard P. Morgan.
God’s Grand Plan focuses on the daily living characteristics of Jesus Christ: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, gentleness, and self-control as found in Galatians,” 5:22-23 (NIV).
If you wish to be happy for the rest your life, let Jesus’s thoughts become your thoughts and bend your will to His will. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV).
Only you are in charge of your happiness. Believe and achieve!
Starting early on, your retirement planning is essential.
Salvation, Stewardship, Wellness, Works
Key Stewardship Fundamentals:
Budget, Legacy, Will, Final Instructional
Protirement means retiring or quitting an unattractive job to pursue work or hobbies more suited to one's personality.
Fundamental Retirement/Protirement Planning is a classic primer for young adults age 12 and above written as a self-study life retirement/ protirement planning reference guide for finishing extremely well, achieving spiritual, physical, mental, and financial health.