By Sarah Erickson, Director for Lifelong Learning
As the OAM Certificate program, a partnership with POAMN (Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Netword) enters its third year, we are celebrating a new graduate as well. The Rev. Lynne Trout completed the requirements for the Older Adult Ministry Certificate in December, 2016. Her final project, “Growing a Church Through Older Adult Ministry,” created three learning opportunities for older adults in the community served by Covenant Presbyterian Church in Cinnaninson, NJ: Hymn Conversations, a Senior Bible Study, and Senior Wellness Programs.
As Trout and the other participants in the OAM Certificate program discover, the four core courses are designed to prepare individuals to more fully engage in older adult ministry in their faith community, community at large and within family networks. The program addresses the physical, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, moral and social development of older adults, how to develop a theological and biblical framework that fosters the care for and well-being of older adults, to become familiar with community and other resources related to older adults and to enable their congregations to develop more effective ministries among older adults in their midst.
Older adult ministry is receiving more attention as congregations age. The January/February issue of Presbyterian Outlook, which focused on Spiritual Practices for all stages of Life, included an article by Certificate Graduate Desiree Youngblood. You can read it here.
For more information on the OAM Certificate program, including links to register for the two courses in March, 2017, visit here.
Sarah Erickson serves as Director at the CLL. She has special interests in the role of music and worship in faith formation. She serves on the Committee for Preparation for Ministry in her presbytery, and is involved in Christian education and formation for children and adults at N. Decatur Presbyterian in Decatur, GA. She currently serves as the President for ALLLM, and you can find her on Facebook, on Twitter @saraherickson and occasionally on Pinterest.