The Central Conference representative to the Committee on Older Adult Ministries, Rev. Francisco Bilog, urges and recommends to the annual conferences of The United Methodist Church in Philippines to organize their annual conference Council on Older Adults base on par. 651 of our Book of Discipline 2012. If their are question regarding the programs and ministries of this council you may contact Rev. Francisco Bilog.
CONFERENCE COUNCIL ON OLDER ADULT MINISTRIES
BOD 2012, par. 651
In each annual conference there maybe a conference council on older adult ministries. Its purpose shall be to strengthen the older-adult ministries in the local churches and districts of the annual conference. For administrative purposes, the council shall be related to annual conference board of discipleship, or the annual conference board of the laity or equivalent structure.
1. Majority of the membership of the council should be older adults.
2. It may include persons who, because of their specialized interests, education, training, and experienced, have developed a passion for ministry with older adults.
3. They shall be professing members of the United Methodist church and shall include both clergy and laity;
4. It shall include members at large to achieve racial, ethnic, gender, and geographic inclusiveness and to assure participation by people with special interests, education, training and experiences;
5. It shall include the conference lay leader, conference coordinator of older adults(if any) and a cabinet representative as ex-officio with vote.
a) To initiate and support ministries, plan activities, and projects that are of particular interest to older adult, including retired persons, working persons, persons with handicapping condition, persons with chronic illness, single persons, widowed persons, married persons, persons living in variety of residential settings, and persons with a wide variety of family situations.
b) To advocate on behalf of older adults;
c) To support and facilitate, where appropriate, the formation of older adult caucuses;
d) To identify the needs, concerns, and potential contributions of older adults in the annual conference and its districts;
e) To cooperate with the boards and agencies of the annual conference in receivi9ng and making recommendations to provide for the needs of older adult in The United Methodist Church;
f) To re4commmend to the annual conference committee on nominations qualified and motivated older adults for membership on boards and agencies;
g) To participate with the annual conference board of discipleship, or the annual conference board of the laity in the nomination of the coordinator of older adult ministries for election by the annual conference;
h) To educate and keep before the annual conference and its district the lifelong process of aging with emphases on the quality of life, inter-generational understanding, and faith development;
i) To serve as local point for supplying information and guidance on older adult ministries within the annual conference and its districts;
j) To support the development of resources that will under-gird older-adult ministries within the annual conference and its district.