This resource list was developed by author and consultant Amy Hanson in February 2015. Hanson led the Center for Congregations workshop Reaching and Unleashing Baby Boomers and Beyond. The Center’s mission is to strengthen Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources to address their challenges and opportunities. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at http://thecrg.org/.
Reaching and Unleashing Baby Boomers and Beyond
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Freedman, Marc. The Big Shift. New York, NY: Public Affairs Books, 2011. Freedman challenges boomers to consider moving into a second career during their retirement years. While this book does not speak directly to congregations, it provides information and research about boomers and their changing views of aging and retirement.
Hanson, Amy. Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults Over 50. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010. This book is a wake-up call for church leaders regarding the enormous group of people entering their retirement years who are active, healthy and capable of making significant contributions for the Kingdom of God. This book is part of the Leadership Network Series.
MacDonald, Gordon. Who Stole My Church?: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007. This is a fiction book that highlights many of the feelings that adults in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are experiencing as their churches are changing in style and format. It shows how the young and the old can work alongside one another, and how older adults can continue to have an important role in the life of a church. This is a great book to use in a discussion group.
Menconi, Peter. The Intergenerational Church: Understanding Congregations from WWII to www.com. Littleton, CO: Mt. Sage Publishing, 2010. The first half of this book explains the characteristics of the five living generations: GI, Silent, Boomer, Generation X and Millennial. The second half of the book gives practical ways for adapting preaching, teaching, worship and outreach in such a way that every generation is involved.