News & Events

Golden Cross Foundation Launches Golden Cross Connections

Welcome to the first issue of Golden Cross Connections, a free bimonthly electronic newsletter published by the Golden Cross Foundation (GCF). Founded in 2013, the GCF is a non-profit corporation and extension ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. It provides funding assistance for new and ongoing ministries and services with older adults in the Tennessee Conference and provides expertise and strategic planning to the conference for the expansion of innovative and effective ministries with older adults.

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Hillcrest and Gordon Memorial UMC’s Clubs Minister to Senior Adults

Ministry with senior adults isn’t just a Sunday-morning calling for two Nashville-area United Methodist churches. Weekday clubs for senior adult member and community residents are key ministries for Hillcrest and Gordon Memorial.

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ENCORE Ministry: Intentional Older Adult Ministry

We are living in a world of rapid change. One of the greatest challenges church leaders will face is our growing aging population and the graying of our congregations. Since older adults have historically been the most religiously active of all age groups, this shift in demographics is having a significant impact on how we do ministry.

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Golden Cross Foundation Celebrates Four Years of Ministry and Service

Since 2013, I’ve been blessed to serve on the Golden Cross Foundation’s board of directors. During that time, we’ve provided grants and training to help United Methodist churches and organizations in the Tennessee Conference meet the needs of our conference’s fastest-growing demographic group – midlife and mature adults.

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ENCORE Ministries

ENCORE Ministries is a new, valuable resource that is now available in the Tennessee Conference to help congregations meet the needs of the fastest growing demographic group in our conference.  And, because this ministry is funded by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, there is no cost to congregations for its service.

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Book: “Designing an Older Adult Ministry”

Building on the success of Designing a Ministry by, with, and for Older Adults, author Rick Gentzler gives readers new ways to develop and strengthen ministries with older adults.

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Spring Leadership Training Conference

Theme: The Role of the Church in Healthy Aging
Three workshops divided by various stages of aging among older adults in the local church: Go-Go’s; Slow-Go’s; No-Go’s

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (includes lunch)
Clarksville, TN

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Helpful Websites Related to Ministry with Older Adults

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