Preaching at Nursing Homes
One of the obligations that many pastors have is to preach at a nursing home from time to time. When I started, I went in with very low expectations. My aim was simply be a nice young pastor, saying some pleasant things and maybe tell a few cute stories about my kids. Basically I saw the church service as an activity to break up their day. I don’t do that any more. I still preach to where they are at, attention spans, generation, etc. However, I seek to challenge the seniors I preach to. Think about who they are. They are people who are nearing the end of their life who spend all their time with other people who are nearing the end of their life. A great portion of Christianity is about what we need to do before standing before God. I seek to equip these seniors (even talking to them about apologetics) and I challenge them to put their faith in action in the nursing home. If you preach at a nursing home, I urge you to reflect on who you are preaching to and how you are preaching to them.