May 3, 2004
By Kathy L. Gilbert*
(UMNS) - A plan to strengthen older adult ministries in local churches
won overwhelming approval May 3 by the United Methodist General
plan, submitted by the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, will
establish a council on older-adult ministries in each annual conference.
council will support ministries, plans, activities and projects of
particular interest to older adults, including "retired persons, working
persons, persons with handicapping conditions, persons with chronic
illnesses, single persons, widowed persons, married persons, persons
living in a variety of residential settings and persons with a wide
variety of family situations."
council will relate to the annual conference board of discipleship or
the annual conference board of laity or equivalent structure.
*Gilbert is a United Methodist News Service news writer.