The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults

The Church Responds


The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Older Adults

Leadership Event sponsored by Adult/Older Adult Ministries

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr., Director of ENCORE Ministries

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (registration begins 8:30)

Brentwood United Methodist Church | Haney Hall
309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027

While most of the older adults live in their homes and communities and worship in their churches without fear of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment by loved ones or caregivers, elder abuse is a crime that can happen to any older person. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a recent report indicated that although crimes in Tennessee were down 4 percent, crimes against the elderly rose by 7 percent.

With the aging of our society and the graying of many congregations, it is important for church leaders to become knowledgeable about Elder Abuse and about ways their ministry can make a positive impact on the lives of older adults and their communities.

Participants will learn the types of Elder Abuse and the warning signs. Pastors and other Church leaders will learn about mandatory reporting, caregiving concerns, and steps they can take to become pro-active in ministry helping to prevent Elder Abuse.

NOTE to Clergy and Other Church Leaders: The Tennessee Conference has given its approval for this event to offer .4 CEUs through ENCORE Ministries.


Registration for the event: $15.00 payable to TNUMC (includes lunch, so please register by March 1)

Download registration form ( and mail: 302 S. Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 1, Nashville, TN 37211

Contact Izzie Zimmerman:, 615-329-1177