How to Pastor Cohabiting Seniors

2012 The Nines Conference


In this 4-minute session from the 2012 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Dave Carder, Pastor of Counseling Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, California discusses cohabitation among seniors, a scenario that is growing more common in local churches today.


Which of Dave's points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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When it comes to cohabiting seniors, don't rush to conclusions. As Dave shared, many times the arrangement is non-sexual and meant to provide comfort both on a relational and financial level. Faithful options exists for such arrangements. Be patient in your counsel and seek to lead individuals who have chosen this kind of cohabiting in ways that remain faithful to their walk with God.


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