Retired Methodist minister and hospital chaplain, David Pratt's many years of working with older people, their carers and families, convinced him that too few people think ahead and prepare well for their retirement and aging. His own experience of reaching the age of 70, having suffered a serious and unexpected illness at age 65, sharpened his awareness of the issues.
Dave Mullan and David Pratt present their account of the small group of faithful whose huge dream maintained the Russell Methodist Church for a hundred years. But their book also asks if the mission goals were realistic and achievable. It suggests some insights about future church mission. And it argues that small churches matter, for they are often the backbone of the wider church’s mission.
This lively book, based on personal experience, is full of practical suggestions for people preparing to retire. While based on the New Zealand scene, readers in other countries will also find the material thought-provoking and encouraging. Topics covered include:
- Getting started
- Where will we live
- Home - the house we live in
- Interests and hobbies
- The joy of being a grandparent