A new Short Course is launched for September 2018 – a Certificate in Ministry among Older People, run in partnership with our friends at Bible Reading Fellowship , and headed up by Debbie Thrower, Team Leader of The Gift of Years.
An important course….why? It’s good news we’re living longer and with it come substantial challenges. We are a rapidly ageing population here in the UK. This new Cliff College Short Course shows that ministry among older people is not just a desirable option but a pressing necessity. Headlines scream: ‘Social care crisis,’ ‘NHS stretched to the limit,’ ‘Demographic time-bomb’ and the statistics are eye-popping (Age UK):
- The population aged over 75 is projected to double in the next 30 years
- The number of people aged 60 or over is expected to pass 20 million by 2030
- There are 11.8 million people aged 65 or over in the UK
Longevity is also a cause for celebration- a spiritual dividend of wisdom and experience. Church has always existed to remind people there is more than one way of looking at life, to offer a fuller frame of reference, a way of growing up in Christ. Living longer offers the prospect of going on growing spiritually.