BUILDERS AND BOOMERS
WHO IS A SENIOR ADULT??
So who is a Senior Adult? At what age does one become a “Senior?” Medicare says 65. Social Security can start at 62. AARP says you are a senior at 50.
The Assemblies of God starts their Senior Adult Ministries at age 50. However, some churches divide their senior adult groups into Middle Adults age 50-65 and Mature Adults age 65+.
There is certainly a great deal of difference between a
Those “older” adults who went through World War Two are often referred to as the “Builders.” They helped to build a great America economically, morally and spiritually. They sacrificed a great deal to see progress and prosperity. Those born after World War Two are also now reaching retirement age. However, they are called the Baby Boom generation and are the largest generation numbering some 75 million. They grew up during a general time of prosperity and opportunity and have different ideas than the Builder generation. The church needs to develop a ministry of reaching both groups of seniors.
Let`s look at some of the basic differences between these two groups and how we can reach them.
- Those born before 1945
- “Mature Adults”
- Respond well to teaching
- Sacrifice of self for others
- Focus on group goals
- Common values, ethics, (honesty, morality)
- “We, Us, Pull together” (they won WWII)
- Loyal to the institution
- Success-Family, Community
- Leadership by command, follow directions
- Resistant to change
- Common religious heritage
- Concerned about people
- Financially-Save, Save, Save
- Spiritually-“What can I do for God?”
- Church-“How Can I help the church?”
- Those born between 1946-64
- “Middle Adults”
- Respond well to interaction
- Focus on individual goals
- Individualized ethics
- “I Can`t Get No Satisfaction”
- Served by the institution
- May question authority
- Success -Career, inner fulfillment
- Leadership by influence, ideas
- Innovation valued
- Minimal religious heritage
- Concerned about causes
- Financially-Spend, Spend, Spend”
- Spiritually-“What can God do for me?”
- Church-“How can the church help me?”
As you see the differences in the two groups ask God to help you plan programs, outreaches, etc. to target those you want to reach.
Understanding how each group learns and their interests can help you be more effective in your ministry!
Most of all pray that God will give you insight and a love for all Seniors!