Health & Prevention
New Outreach to Aging Ministers
Posted by Jim Edminson in category on January 28, 2013
North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry (NCBAM) announces the creation of a bold new outreach to North Carolina Baptist ministers age 65 and older – introducing Servant Care.
Every day there are aging ministers and spouses, or widows, suffering because they are alone and their needs are going unmet. Servant Care is designed to identify aging North Carolina Baptist ministers and offer loving care. Participants will receive regular personal visits or calls from NCBAM staff members. When a participating minister needs help, a plan of care will be developed. North Carolina Baptist Servant Volunteers will come to the aid of participants when needed.
Dr. Sandy C. Gregory, director of NCBAM, says, “It’s very important that none of our North Carolina Baptist ministers are forgotten. These servants have given their lives to minister to us – many times making great sacrifices in order to fulfill their life’s calling. Now it’s our time to minister to them. I know that North Carolina Baptists will be blessed as they step forward obeying the biblical admonition to ‘do good . . . especially to those who are of the household of faith.’”
An initial hurdle in the outreach is the compiling of a list of aging ministers and widows. NCBAM encourages North Carolina Baptist ministers (pastors, directors of missions, youth ministers, music ministers, missionaries) 65 or older to contact NCBAM by calling 1.877.506.2226. Ministers may be “retired” or actively serving.
Gregory sees this new outreach as a natural progression for NCBAM. “We’ve developed a state-of-the-art database and made valuable connections with Baptist partners as well as government and community programs. All these elements will assist North Carolina Baptists as they work to meet the needs of our aging ministers.”