The Assemblies of God recognizes that Christians 50 and older
the age people in the United States are considered seniors have
much to offer the church. The Fellowship created a Senior Adult Ministries
Department in 1995 because of the growing population of those older
"Senior adults are important to the church and they cant
be ignored," says Stephen B. Sparks, director of the Senior Adult
Ministries Department. "They have time, talent and testimonies
to offer that need to be redeemed."
There are more senior adults than children or teen-agers. The department
assists congregations in providing evangelism and outreach materials.
"The church recognizes that the call of God is for a lifetime,
not just until retirement," Sparks says. "Being a senior is
more than bringing a covered dish to a potluck or going to the doughnut
shop to drink coffee. Theres no reason an 84-year-old person cant
lead people to the Lord."
That objective is part of the departments threefold mission of
ministry to the Lord, to the church and to the world. A/G churches offer
opportunities for those 50 and older to participate in activities that
foster spiritual growth and health, age-level educational pursuits,
evangelistic outreach and wholesome fellowship events.
A national newsletter is published three times a year that has a higher
circulation than anything Gospel Publishing House produces besides the
Pentecostal Evangel. The free, colorful six-page newsletter, Primeline,
includes sections on ministry, health, finances, humor, educational
opportunities and practical living.
A total of 3,250 Assemblies of God churches in the United States have
active senior adult groups, most of them led by volunteers. Local churches
have many seniors programs everything from prayer chains to organized