How to minister to senior adults? Is there any good Biblically based Christian ministry models for reaching out to seniors in the church and those yet unsaved?
Unfortunately, all of Jesus' "canonical" disciples were relatively young, as, apparently, were most of the crowds and individuals he addressed. Yet there are dynamics in the thinking of "older-agers" which can be tapped into for the gospel, I believe.
Older adults see the "really big picture" of life, which, unfortunately, most younger ministers do not yet see; so it's a little difficult for, say, a Christian in sixth grade to minister to a Christian (or even a non-Christian) in 12th grade. The symbols of a child's faith are more sentimental than they are catalysts for connecting the older soul to God. But I believe it can be done.
With older age also comes a great desire to "sample" the first principles of life once more. That's why older men enjoy talking with young girls -- they miss the freshness, even the naivete, when conversing with their own crowd.
It's also why older women love weddings. Here is a societal symbol of two people beginning a (hopefully) life-long story of love. Will it last? Will the two cherish each other for the rest of their lives? No matter. Sometimes it's the promise of a new spring that can speak to an older-ager more than the actual arrival of that season.
Sorry to ramble, but I just turned 65 last month, and feel like I'm on the cusp between two worlds. I am an Evangelical at heart, and have studied the Bible and theology all my life. And now I wonder what someone my own age can (still) say to the world, while I remain a part of its dailiness.
Perhaps the bottom line is, just being available for an older believer (or non-) demonstrates a spiritual intentionality which education alone does not convey.
May God bless you in your calling.