Preaching to Elderly Population

Dear Sir:

I have an elderly congregation and I’m having a hard time finding material for them to comprehend. The material is like a foreign language and the vocabulary words are to hard…I need material and themes to make them rejoice but it must be on a lower reading and comprehension level.

Thanks,


Ahh…a very good question that we will attempt to address in future articles. In the meantime, I would encourage you to get ahold of the book “Soul Theology” by Henry Mitchell and Nicolas Cooper-Lewter. That book provides the themes of the common theology operative among many including the elderly. You might call it “Grandma’s Theology.”

They key however is for you to know the language of the people you serve and the content and concepts of the theological world where you come from. Then you translate the themes into their langauge. A very good way of doing this is by stories and narratives.

Personally, I think many of us use too much theological jargon even when speaking to well educated audiences…

We will attempt to address this in the future, and thank you very much for contacting me…

God Bless and Keep on Preaching!!!

Sherman Haywood Cox II

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  • Rick Nicholson

    It needs to be written that there are those who are scaring the elderly with dementia and Alzheimers in Care Centers. I would suggest the Psalms and encouraging nurturing sermons.