Senior’s Ministry Tool Box
CDM strengthens your church by connecting you to the resources you need for Senior’s Ministry!
This toolbox is a work in progress as we try to gather resources from PCA churches across the country. If you have a resource you would be willing to share or a resource you would like us to develop, we want to hear from you. Email us.
The information below comes in PDF, Word doc, on-site articles, off-site pages or website and links to videos. Click the title of interest to view, download and /or print or watch.
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Pray for Me Campaign How can we connect more adults with more young people more naturally than ever before? The Pray for Me Campaign was born out of this question. We believe every young person needs a team of Prayer Champions strategically praying for them. The Pray for Me Campaign creates a vast web of intergenerational relationships for young people and equips adult believers to pass on a sustainable faith to the next generation.
Finding God in My Loneliness by Lydia Brownback. Young or old, single or married, male or female—at some point in life, we’re all confronted with loneliness. We try to fill the void or change our circumstances so we no longer feel the pain. But what if our pangs of loneliness are meant to point us to something greater?
Making Sense of Suffering by Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni Eareckson Tada offers hope to people struggling with health and emotional challenges. Joni knows what it’s like to suffer chronic pain. Yet she has found comfort and meaning in the God of the Bible.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller. Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is the definitive Christian book on why bad things happen and how we should respond to them.
Alzheimer’s Disease by Robert Smith. It starts out as small moments of forgetfulness that can be chalked up to simply getting older. But as time passes and symptoms accumulate, you are forced to face the fact that your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. Now you’re wondering how the course of the disease will run and how you will provide for their care. How do you help your loved one when you feel overwhelmed by the diagnosis yourself?
When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story. God may not fix everything. In fact, your situation might never change or get better, but you can get better regardless of your situation.
Ministering to Those Touched by Loss
A Necessary Grief: Essential Tools for Leaders in Bereavement Ministry by Larry Michael. A handbook to enable ministry leaders to help others through bereavement. Grief is a difficult topic that ministry leaders deal with on a regular basis. Do they have confidence in helping those who are suffering the loss of a loved one? Do they feel equipped to meet the differing needs that occur in the life of a survivor? Can they lead someone through a process of grief reconciliation? Are they able to plan and implement a bereavement ministry in their church or parish? Here is a book that can help leaders in a practical way to minister to those who are grieving. In addition, they will discover essential tools to deal with grief?s difficult questions.
Caring for Widows by Brian Croft & Austin Walker. Pastors and church leaders are responsible for countless things. Unfortunately, in many churches, ministry to widows remains largely neglected and forgotten. Highlighting the Bible’s recurring commands to care for widows with sensitivity and compassion, this book encourages church leaders to think carefully about how to serve the widows in their congregations and suggests practical strategies to that end.
Good Grief by Granger Westberg. Here is a volume to be kept close at hand. It can be used over the years as you encounter a wide variety of grief experiences or as you assist friends in moving beyond grief to “”good”” grief. With gentle wisdom and acute insight into human nature, Westberg guides the reader through the stages of grief.
Helping A Friend: Grief by Joni Eareckson Tada.
Ministering to the Mourning by David Wiersbe. Addressing specifically difficult situations such as when the deceased is unknown to the pastor; signs of healthy and unhealthy grief, and how to help survivors cope. This new edition contains a chapter on ministering to victims of terrorism. It is also recommended for chaplains and hospice caregivers.
Roses in December by Marilyn Heavilin. This book by Marilyn Heavilin, a mother who herself lost three sons, will help you understand the grieving process, support family members, give insight into sibling grief, and maintain your marriage during hard times. There are, she says, roses in December special occasions, special people, and special memories – to give us strength to persevere and draw close to Him. This book will help you understand the grieving process, support family members, give insight into sibling grief, and maintain your marriage during this difficult time. You’ll discover there are roses in December.
What Grieving People Wish You New about What Really Helps by Nancy Guthrie. When someone we love is grieving, we want to be there. But it’s easy to feel paralyzed, worried that we might say or do the wrong thing. Nancy Guthrie has personal experience dealing with pain and knows what words of encouragement are helpful and what words are harmful. Drawing from her own life experiences—including the loss of two young children—Guthrie has written this helpful resource for Christians who want to be better friends to those who are suffering. Practical and down-to-earth, this book includes examples and helpful tips from real grieving people who have been helped (and hurt) by friends who meant well, equipping readers to come alongside and comfort loved ones who are hurting.
Books for Those Touched by Loss
Becoming A Widow: The Ache of Missing Your Other Half by Elizabeth Groves. No matter whether your husband’s death was expected or sudden, your loss is a total shock. Your world will never again be the same. You wonder how you can go on without him. And how will you manage the details of a life you built together? How do you get through each day when the grief feels like a tangible weight?
Facing the Death of Someone You Love by Elisabeth Elliot. Elliot has walked this lonely pathway of loss twice. She learned first hand that even this grief is not too great for the grace and power of Christ. In this tract, Elisabeth Elliot shares “six simple things that have helped me thought this valley and that help me now.” Her practical words of comfort will guide others through their sorrow and reassure them that God will never abandon them.
Grief: Finding Hope Again by Paul Tripp. With compassion and biblical wisdom, Paul Tripp shows us how to think and what to do when death enters our door. He reminds us that God often brings the most wonderful things out of the darkest experiences, just as he did at the cross.
Grief Undone by Elizabeth Groves. Grief Undone is the breathtakingly honest, yet hopeful account of how Elizabeth (Libbie) and Al Groves walked with God through Al’s terminal cancer. Their true story—saturated with in-the-moment Scriptural reflections, blogs, and fervent prayers—paints a stunning picture of how faith transforms the human experience of suffering.
Grief: Learning to Live with Loss by Howard Eyrich. Grieving is an experience in connection with many life experiences-not just death. Learning how to deal with these lesser “griefs” prepares us to deal with the greater loss of death, and Eyrich uses biblical illustrations to show that not everyone deals with grief in the same manner. This fresh look at grieving also tells you in a personally applicable way how to work through particular grieving processes to emerge on the other side grown and matured.
Grieving the Loss of Someone You Love by Lynn Brookside. In a series of thoughtful daily devotions, this book offers wisdom, insight, and comfort that will help hurting people through and beyond their grief. Ideal for those struggling with the death of a family member or close friend, as well as those trying to help others deal with the death of a loved one.
When Your Family Has Lost a Loved One by Nancy & David Guthrie. All families eventually face the loss of a loved one. When it happens, it can place great strain on a marriage, as well as on other relationships. That’s partly because we don’t know what to do with our feelings and partly because every family member grieves in his or her own way. In this book, Nancy and David Guthrie explore the family dynamics involved when a loved one dies–and debunk some myths about family grief. Through their own experiences of losing two young children and interviews with those who’ve faced losing spouses and parents, they show how grief can actually pull a family closer together rather than tearing it apart.