A CONFERENCE FOR FINDING PURPOSE AND RENEWAL IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
Co-sponsored by The Upper Room
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. -Ephesians 3:16-17
Worship | Workshops | Recreation | Entertainment | Learning
How do we live a life of significance as we age? How do we turn age into an asset as we cultivate spiritual maturity in ourselves and others? Recognizing that the call to go and make disciples is not limited by age, how do we turn age into an asset as we engage in ministry by, with and for those in the second half of life? Join us as a gifted slate of speakers, authors and pastors help us go deeper into discipleship.
Is there a subject or skill you are passionate about that you would like to share with others? Whether you are a crafter, photographer, dancer, birder, history buff, genealogist, or an “expert” in some other topic, we would like to offer you, as a registered conference attendee, an opportunity to share your wisdom with fellow participants. Participants will sign up to participate in Learning Circles at registration check-in. Lake Junaluska will provide a room or outdoor space, tables and a projector (if necessary). Leaders will need to provide all other materials. Please return your application by July 12, 2019. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.
Registration is open! Register by June 15 for the early bird rate.
Call to inquire about program-only options.
Rev. Dr. Fred Allen is the national director of SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century) where he assists predominantly Black congregations in becoming effective in mission and ministry by linking successful congregational resource centers with congregations in search of new ideas and revitalization. Dr. Allen is an ordained United Methodist Church (UMC) elder with more than 30 years’ experience as a senior pastor, administrator and church agency executive. He earned degrees from Tennessee State University, Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. and Drew University School of Theology in Madison, N.J. Dr. Allen is married to Christine, a public school teacher, and is the father of four children.
Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is the director for ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the United Methodist Church (UMC) Tennessee Conference. He is the former director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC. Dr. Gentzler is author of numerous books and articles on aging, midlife and older adult ministry. His latest book is Aging & Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach.
Senior Trip with Cheryl Rogers is a comedy and music show with a mission to entertain, encourage, and empower 55+ Boomers and beyond to feel valued, and to keep serving. Our motto is Gray matters!
Cheryl Rogers is a singer, composer, music producer and keyboardist who has been working in the music, entertainment and commercial recording industry for over 30 years. She is a five-time Gospel Music Association Dove award nominee and music producer on the Grammy award-winning “Tribute Project” by Andrae Crouch. She is also a 4-time Emmy award winner for various television music productions for programs and commercials. Her music has been played all over the world on radio, television and internet. Throughout her career, Cheryl has been known not only for her music talent, but also for her quick wit and sense of humor throughout all projects she contributed to.
The focus of this year's Festival of Wisdom & Grace is discipleship, and attendees will explore the theme through a series of workshops, guided by the best and brightest in older adult ministry.
Discipleship 101 - Dr. Stephen Bryant, Associate General Secretary, Upper Room
From Wildfires to Floods - Missy Buchanan, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Older Adults
Shaping a Life of Significance For Retirement - R. Jack Hansen, Researcher and Author of Shaping a Life of Significance For Retirement
Remembering Your Story – Sharing Your Legacy - Hess “Doc” Hall, Director of Older Adult Spiritual Formation Programs, Upper Room
Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century - Dr. Fred Allen, Executive Director, Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century, Discipleship Ministries
What the Bible can Teach You About Yourself - Angela Schaffner, Ph. D., Author, Licensed Counseling Psychologist
Yours are the Hands of Christ - Rev. Dr. James Howell, Author, Theologian and UMC Pastor
Intentional Ministry By, With and for Older Adults - Dr. Richard Gentzler, Jr, Director of ENCORE Ministries in the UMC Tennessee Conference
The Festival of Wisdom and Grace is co-sponsored by the Lake Junaluska Programming Department and The Upper Room.
Top photo by Robert Ludlow