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Course 3 (Online courses are offered via two 2-3 hour online sessions)

Part 1: June 19, 2021

Part 2: June 26, 2021

Debrief: July 3, 2021

Aging, Stages of Human Development and Spirituality


We naturally recognize youth and adolescence as special periods of our lives, each with unique challenges, responsibilities and opportunities. Whether we consider the second half of life or the last third, there are further unique challenge for each of us. Aging presents ambiguities and tensions: between fruition and decline; between satisfactions and losses; between failures, regrets, “could have been”s, and unlived dreams…and the glorious fulfillment of the Promises of God in Christ Jesus (Revelation 21-22). We undoubtedly have a unique message and a unique hope to live and to share. To care for the aging means we each must also care for the unique old man or woman slowing awakening within us. In this course, we look together at the unique privileges, challenges, and opportunities both for our own growth and for ministry, as we explore the spiritual and personal challenges of the human aging process.

“The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright”
(Psalm 92).


Dr. Tom McCormick

This course is the third course out of 7 courses with the option to obtain a Certificate in MINISTRY FOR THE AGING


There is one fee, for all the parts of this course (part 1, part 2 and the debriefing session)

Audit – There will be a $100 fee for auditing the course
Certificate Level – There will be a $150 fee for each course or $750 for the program if preregistered ($650 for Chaplains).
Bachelors/Masters Level – Please contact the Word and Spirit Institute for tuition of Bachelor and Masters Courses.
There will an additional cost for the purchase of required reading material.


  • Biblical Foundations of Ministries with the Aging
  • Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors (I)
  • Aging, Stages of Human Development, and Spirituality
  • Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors (II)
  • Reaching out: Institutional settings; Families and Caregivers for Seniors
  • Reaching out: The Church and the Community; Families and Caregivers for Seniors
  • Cultural, Gender, and Religious Diversity; Global Aging

Please e-mail wsinstitute@outlook.com for more information, to register and/or to receive a course-syllabus


June 19, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dr. Tom McCormick

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