Crescendo Conference 2023
Crescendo’s third virtual conference explores the value of community in growing vital lives of lasting purpose and shares practical ideas for creating and strengthening community. Topics include biblical insights to create community, creating community through story-listening and story-telling, and strengthening community through intergenerational connection.
Caregiving for Aging Parents and Family Members
This four-session study is designed to encourage and educate caregivers of all ages or prepare those anticipating caregiving in the future. Topics explored include overview and elements of caregiving, care for the caregiving, and caregiving as a transforming experience.
This study is the third in a series with topics to assist boomers and beyond grow as missional disciples and engage in purposeful living all the days of their lives.
The purpose is to encourage, inspire, inform, and nurture individuals in the purpose and practices of grandparenting, whether engaged with biological or adoptive grandchildren.
Este estudio es el tercero de una serie con temas para ayudar a las personas mayores de 55 años a crecer como discípulos misionales y participar en una vida con propósito todos los días de sus vidas.
El objetivo es alentar, inspirar, informar y nutrir a las personas en el propósito y las prácticas de los abuelos, ya sea que que tengan nietos biológicos o adoptivos o sean “una gran influencia” en su familia biológica o fuera de ella.
On the Road Again
Crescendo is “On the Road Again!” This virtual gathering focused on helping the 60+ age group (boomers and beyond) re-tool, re-imagine, and re-focus after the pandemic season. Crescendo ministry, like beautifully orchestrated music, is a process, not a program. It is designed to release the missional potential of 60+ adults to build God’s Kingdom. Topics include naming and processing losses, investing in younger generations, and building connections through legacy stories.
Adding Zest to Life
How are we staying fresh and green all the days of our lives? This six-week series will focus on a framework for Crescendo living called SPICES. It is intended to inspire boomers and beyond to hear what God is saying about their value in His plan, the importance of continued growth, and the significance of passing on the faith to future generations and serving the Lord in their communities.
Mentoring Small Group Study
The Crescendo: Mentoring Small Group Study begins with an overview of mentoring and an explanation of the difference between mentoring and coaching. Throughout the study’s five sessions, you will explore mentoring relationships in the Bible, including Jesus as the ultimate mentor. The closing session provides mentoring guidelines and tips.
Ascent to Vital Living Small Group Study
This study takes a deeper look at the SPICES framework presented in Crescendo. SPICES is an acronym that describes the framework for planning that can be used as we envision ministries by, with, and for persons in their pre-retirement and retirement years. The elements of SPICES are Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Community, Emotional, and Service.
Recommended Reading List
Emerging: Boomers Speak Out About Life In and Beyond the Pandemic
December 2021, by Richard and Leona Bergstrom
Crescendo: An Ascent to Vital Living
(September 2017 rerelease of Regenerating Generations) by Alan Forsman and Evelyn Johnson with Contributors Debbie C. Blue and Reji Laberje.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
October 2014, by Atul Gawande
Baby Boomers and Beyond: Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over Fifty
2010, by Amy Hanson
Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age
April 2016, by JoAnn Jenkins, CEO of AARP
Falling Upward, A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life
2011, by Richard Rohr
Learn to Grow Old
1972 (republished in 1983 and 1991) by Paul Tournier
Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities
2011, by Richard Rohr
New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Forever, May 2016, by Matthias Hollwich and Bruce Mau Design
May 2016, by Matthias Hollwich and Bruce Mau Design
Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement
Jan 1, 2010, by Jack Hansen and Jerry P Haas
The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
Sep 1, 2010, by Joan Chittister
Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?
August 2016, by Richard and Leona Bergstrom