Crescendo Resources

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.

An Ascent to Vital Living Study Guide

This study is based on a framework for ministry to, with, and by boomers and older adults presented in Crescendo. This study is designed with small groups in mind, but you may choose to use it for individual study or a large group settling with smaller breakout sessions. Each session consists of four parts, based on the elements of Christian worship: gathering, word, response, and sending. The sessions are designed for small or large groups and can be completed within a 90-minute time frame.


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.

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.

This study is designed for a target audience of boomers and beyond, but it can also be used with a broader age group. It is designed for small groups, but you may choose to use it for individual study or for a large group setting with smaller breakout sessions.

Recommended Reading List

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

Recommended Websites

American Society on Aging (grandparenting) (the third calling) (mobilizing the 50+)