Seminars and Presentations

Dr. Jim P. Hughes Shares His Expertise
in Two Church Seminars

1. Building a Positive Senior Adult Ministry
(6 hours, $1795)

Seven Reasons for Having a Senior Adult Ministry
The Biblical Basis
A Reproducible Model
How to Reach Older Adults with the Gospel
Volunteerism: The Key to Success
Where to Begin in Boomer Ministry
Book: How to Build a Positive Senior Adult Ministry, $19.95
2. Helping Your Aging Loved Ones
(4 hours, $1495)

Basic Caregiving
Caring for an Alzheimer’s Patient
Caregiver Stress
Your Team of Helpers
Housing Alternatives
Intergenerational Family Communication
Elder Abuse
Book: Helping Your Aging Loved Ones: The Caregiving Process, $14.95

CALL TODAY (214) 388-0088 or email to schedule your seminar. Book two seminars for a $500 discount. Expenses are extra outside DFW.

Dr. Hughes brings to his seminars both academic training and personal experience. He earned his Doctorate in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska. He was the Senior Adult Minister in a Dallas congregation for 15 years. Presently, Hughes is the President of Productive Aging Resources, a nonprofit corporation, which is dedicated to planting or expanding older adult ministries and to lightening the caregiving load for those helping older loved ones. Having been a caregiver for his wife, who died of cancer, and father, who had Alzheimer’s disease, he speaks as one who has been in the trenches.

PowerPoint Presentations that Can Transform Your Ministry with Older Adults

By Jim P. Hughes, Ph.D.

A Faith Response to a Father with Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease.  The experience of watching a loved one decline over a period of years into someone who can function on a level below that of an infant is extremely traumatic.  However, through the eyes of faith, one family discovers how God is at work, and is fortified by the experience.
Biblical Basis for Senior Adult Ministry
While the Bible does not mention Senior Adult Ministry, it is replete with passages that discuss older adults and their service in God’s kingdom.  Their general message is that God expects his senior saints to be active participants and not passive observers in the church.
Godly Grandparenting
Some things about grandparenting are fixed when children marry and have kids. Grandprents, themselves, choose their style of inter-relating with their prodigy, whether involved or remote, empowering or selfish. Families in the Bible were tribal in nature. In the Bible, older generations – parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. – were to emphasize passing on their knowledge of God to the next generation. Do grandprents in the church today sense this God-given responsibility?
Grandparenting from the Heart
Living a life of faith, as well as, grandparenting is a “heart” thing.  Leading grandchildren to a lifestyle that is centered in Christ, grandparents must first of all be an example of the end product.  A message of a crucified savior is best communicated by a crucified servant.
Reaching Your Older Friends with the Gospel
In the early years of the 21st century, there are few churches that target older adults with the gospel. The myth is that they are not receptive. How does a church effectively share the gospel with its older friends and neighbors? They do it as a group, and they do it the old fashion way by loving and serving others.
Older Adulthood is better than You Think
Society believes that aging and older adulthood is going to be bad. This presentation exposes a dozen or more myths about older adults. Aging and disease are not the same thing.  Older adults are healthier, wealthier, better educated, more in control of their situations than we think.  Our response should not be fear, but developing a plan for the future.
The New Paradigm of Senior Adult Ministry
Jim Hughes served as a Senior Adult Minister for 15 years in a Dallas church. During that time he developed a ministry with people 60 years of age and older in his church that can serve as a model and teaching tool for others. Not everything worked as he desired. Sometimes we learn more from our mistakes that our successes. Either way, the Skillman Model will function as a wonderful learning tool.
Seven Reasons for Having a Senior Adult Ministry
Why have a ministry with older adults in your church.  Is it a fad like the bus ministry? Is it biblical? Is it beneficial? Is it necessary? I sincerely believe that the answer is “yes.” When people learn these seven reasons for having such a ministry, they usually become much more open to what including the older adults in ministry can mean.
Super Spiritual Heroes
In many ways, we are a hero-driven society. We hold up certain people as our heroes. We want to know all about them. We want to be like them. But the sad fact is that many of these heroes are not good models. Some of us have people in the Bible that we think of as our heroes. If we have eyes to see, we will discover that we have people in our local churches that are worthy of hero status. Dr. Hughes tells about three of his local heroes. 
Volunteerism is the Key to Success in Ministry
Many senior adult ministries only emphasize social activities. One minister described these ministries as “Happy Time Travel Clubs.” While fellowship is important, ministry with older adults must also include “service” and “spiritual” activities. Volunteerism, i.e., developing ministries to serve others, seems to be the most difficult facet of such ministries, yet that emphasis makes the ministry Christian in nature and reaps many benefits.
What Every Church Leader Should Know About the Aging of America
Church leaders are aware that the graying of their congregations is a part of our day and time. However, many leaders see this as a negative development. Yet, if they have eyes to see, the aging of American can become a great blessing to the church. We say the future of the church is the young. Looking at the facts, one could also say that the future of the church may also be in the hands of middle aged and older adults.
Honoring Your Aging Parents
In America today, nearly one in four families are helping care for a family member or friend who is 50 years of age or older. Family caregiving is one of the most difficult tasks in life that we will be asked to accomplish. The question is not “If” we will become a caregiver, more likely it is “when” will we take on that responsibility? How does a Christian adult child accomplish that task?  What responsibility does the church have in this situation?  Dr. Hughes helped care for his father who had Alzheimer’s disease and has coached scores of families in this difficult challenge.



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