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“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon. . . . They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green” (Ps. 92:12-14)

How does your church minister to the unique spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of people ages 55 and above? Faith formation is a lifelong process that doesn't stop after high school, or college, or when the kids leave home, or after you retire. If your church needs new ideas for ministering to and with older members of your congregation and community, check out the Third Third of Life toolkit.

A collaboration between Faith Formation Ministries and Disability Concerns, this online resource toolkit contains thought-provoking articles and books, tools, faith practices, and more that will help you and your church's ministry leaders

  • develop a biblical vision for the third third of life.

  • understand the five important tasks in the third third of life

  • think deeply about the many aspects of aging and how they relate to ministry (see the toolkit's list of Resources by Topic)

  • learn how to provide opportunities for those in the third third of life to remain fully engaged in your church.

We're here to help!

Whether you're just delving into this ministry area in your church or are looking for fresh ideas to go deeper, FFM and Disability Concerns team members are here to support your church.

For help with faith formation questions related to the third third of life, contact one of Faith Formation Ministries’ Regional Catalyzers (

For help with questions about aging and disability, visit the website of Disability Concerns ( or call 888-463-0272.


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