Crescendo Resources

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.

Ser Abuelos

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

Recommended Websites

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

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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