Faith Formation with Mature Adults
Mature adulthood - adults in their later fifties through early seventies - is a new stage of adulthood between midlife adults and older adults brought about by a longer life span as people live into the eighties and nineties and by the aging of the baby boom generation. In the United States today, Americans over sixty-five now outnumber teenagers by nearly two to one. We are in the midst of a changing perspective on adults as baby boomers reach what was traditionally viewed as a time to enjoy the golden years. We are witnessing the emergence of a new stage of life between adult midlife - typically focused on career and child rearing - and old age, traditionally marked by increasing frailty and decline. This new stage of life spans several decades and is characterized by generally good health, relative financial stability, and an active, engaged lifestyle. The following summary, based on his chapter, presents key developmental, generational, and religious/spiritual perspectives on mature adulthood drawn from a variety of research studies and analysis.
Principles & Practices
Feature: Faith Formation with Mature Adults - Janet Schaeffler
Janet Schaeffler, one of the authors of The Seasons of Adult Faith Formation, describes effective practices and strategies for faith formation with mature adults.
The Challenges and Opportunities for Faith Formation with Maturing Adults - Janet Schaeffler
This article present a profile of maturing adults today and five elements for ministry and adult faith formation with mature adults.
Developing Faith Formation with the Baby Boom Generation - John Roberto
This article is organized into two sections. Part 1 offers insights on approaching faith formation with Baby Boomers from experts in the field. Part 2 is a guide to developing congregational faith formation with Baby Boomers.
Ministry By and For Those Beyond the Age of 55 - Christian Education Journal, Fall 2008 (Talbot School of Theology and NAPCE)