In researching effective older adult ministries, I have found four ingredients that are usually common in such programs: 1) Service, 2) Outreach /Assimilation, 3) Christian Formation, and 4) Fellowship.
Below is a self-scoring inventory that will help you evaluate your senior adult ministry in each of these four areas. These items can also provide you with a "road map" to plan more effective ministry in the coming year. As you move the items below from the "No" column to the "Yes" column, you will experience marked growth and morale. Here are the instructions:
- Check either Yes or No after each of the following statements, based on the most accurate assessment of your present senior adult ministry.
- When you are finished, total the Yes items checked in each of the four areas. On the "Scoring Guide" at the end, circle the number on each continuum that represents the appropriate number of Yes items checked.
Service (giving time and energy to Christ through giving time and energy to benefit others) ...1