Baby Boomer Retirement The Demographic Shift
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End of the Elders

A Church GardenThis document is an evangelism resources written initially in 1998 to encourage the church to transform its ministry and to work at growth. The church also needs to examine its human resources in the Twenty-First Century in order to meet the challenges of demographic change.

The Demographic Shift looks at the effect of aging on the Baby Boomers and the Elders who are moving into or are already in their Retirement. This has grave consequences for the Christian Institutions in the Church of North America and particularly on the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, though this is typical for virtually all the established churches and at least in part to the Protestant churches, the Baptists and Pentecostals.

Ministry in the Future.

The shape of the church at the beginning of the Third Millennium is of interest to us but the real impact will come in and around the year 2019 AD. What we do or fail to do in this year will form a ministry in our church for the following fifty or more years but will also profoundly affect its shape between now and then.

It is an important date because it marks a change of leadership from Elders to Baby Boomers, a drastic reduction in financial support and a consequential drop in attendance at our churches. This is a demographic shift when the Elders, who were the great supporters of the institutional churches, will be gone from power and the Baby Boomers will have taken over. Unfortunately, we are discovering that there are only a few Baby Boomers willing to step up and replace the strong Elder support. The institutional church is simply ignoring this coming deluge and carrying on business as if it was usual!✞

"Baby Boomer Retirement"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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