ENCORE Ministry

ENCORE Ministry is a valuable resource 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 or districts for its service. More About ENCORE


COVID-19 Older Adult Ministry Leader Resources

A collection of all COVID-19 resources collected for older adult ministry faith-based and community leaders. View all Resources


COVID-19 Mythbusters

During this time of uncertainty, misinformation is being circulated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has compiled a list of some frequent myths surrounding COVID-19. Read More


The Coronavirus, the Elderly, and the Church

With increasing numbers of cases of coronavirus and the vulnerability of many, especially among the elderly and young children, it behooves church leaders to rethink how we worship and gather together and to begin cultivating community in creative ways. Learn More

2020 Local Church Leadership Resource Packet

This resource packet is developed for a local church leadership team implementing an older adult ministry, Download (pdf)

Resources for Celebrating Older Adult Recognition Day

The material in this resource will provide you with information on how your local congregation can celebrate Older Adult Recognition Day.

Who’s Calling? Beware of Growing Government Imposter Phone and Email Scams

I’ve gotten the fake calls “from the Social Security Administration,” and I bet you have too. I know I don’t need to tell you that the people we serve are getting these calls every day.

Scammers are increasingly using phone calls, emails, and even text messages to impersonate government officials in an attempt to steal money and personal information.

Facts About COVID-19

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Season of My Soul: Conversations in the Second Half of Life

Dates: May 10-11

Location: Scarritt Bennett

This retreat is geared primarily to folks over the age of 50, but anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend.

Protecting a Senior Against Coronavirus

Older people are known to be more at risk of serious illness due to coronavirus, especially those with pre-existing conditions and those who are immune compromised. The majority of older adults do not live in residential facilities and instead are cared for by family members, therefore the coronavirus outbreak is especially worrisome for those who are living with elderly loved ones in a multigenerational home.

Advance Care Directives: Preparations for the Unforeseeable Future

An advance directive is a legal document in which a person spells out their health care preferences for use in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Drafting one provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members and medical professionals.

A New Book and Church Resource by Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.

An Age of Opportunity book coverAn Age of Opportunity by Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of ENCORE Ministry, provides church leaders with information on how to grow and sustain their ministry into a truly spectacular, creative, and visionary model that will serve the church.

Published by Discipleship Resources (May 2018), you can order your copy today through the Upper Room Books at 1-800-972-0433 or at Bookstore.UpperRoom.org

ENCORE Ministry District Team Leaders

A new network of leaders in older adult ministries in the Tennessee Conference has been formed by ENCORE Ministry called ENCORE Ministry District Team Leaders.