Encore Ministry

Provides consultation, training and support, resources, and networking opportunities to equip church leaders in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church for intentional ministry by, with, and for  older adults. Funded by a grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, there is no cost to Tennessee Conference congregations or districts for its service.


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Boomers: Reframing Aging and Transforming Elderhood

In addition to COVID-19 and the uncertain future of The United Methodist Church, one of the greatest challenges facing church leaders in 2021 is the aging of our congregations. United Methodist churches are graying; our members are growing older. Nearly 70 million Americans make up the Baby Boomer Generation — persons born between 1946-1964. Starting January 1, 2021, leading-edge Boomers ...

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Miriam’s Promise Receives Grant for Webinar Series for Grandparents

Miriam’s Promise, an independent not-for-profit adoption agency in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $1,250 grant from the Golden Cross Foundation, a ministry of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. The grant is being used to help fund a webinar series to prepare grandparents for an adopted grandchild. During the pandemic, Miriam’s Promise has moved training to a virtual setting. ...

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Rubber Band Theory

by Pat Brandenstein Have you ever wrapped, twisted, and pulled a rubber band several times? What happens? Under stress, the rubber band eventually breaks. Our lives are something like a rubber band. We are surrounded by stress — working, meeting deadlines, interacting with others, keeping up with daily chores and appointments, shopping, and so forth. Physiologists have measured the degrees ...

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