Boomerstock: Evangelizing baby boomers
As the over-60 age group explodes with aging baby boomers, annual conference and local church leaders will gather to learn new ways to engage people who sometimes are spiritual but not religious, or have left the church.
Boomerstock, hosted by Discipleship Ministries, will offer a comprehensive look at how the church can reach members of a generation now encountering spiritual issues and questions differently than in the past. The conference will be Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Nashville, Tennessee.
"This event is an opportunity for church leaders to come and learn both from people who are extremely knowledgeable of the baby-boomer generation and from each other about what is working and how we can creatively explore new ideas," said the Rev. Will Randolph, director of the Office of Aging and Older Adult Ministries at Discipleship Ministries.
Randolph said many baby boomers left the church in the 1960s and 1970s as they became adults. Today many claim to be spiritual, but not religious. "The boomers going into retirement and, perhaps, the most spiritual time of their lives, offer the church another opportunity to be engaged by the church in ministry."
Baby boomers have driven change in the population's age structure in the United States since their birth. By 2029, all of the boomers will be 65 years of age and over and encompass more than 20 percent of the total population, according to the Census Bureau.
"Boomerstock is about understanding how to minister to a group of emerging older adults who do not even want to claim the mantle of being older adults and to understand how older adult ministry is changing," Randolph said. "The old models don't work for baby boomers because they are a totally different culture.
"One of the mistakes that we have made in the last 50 years with older adult ministries is that we assumed every generation would be the same and what worked for our parents' generation would also work for the baby boomers. But it hasn't and it won't," he said.
Find a list of speakers, other program details and registration information at http://bit.ly/28YbXTw.