Nearly thirty years ago one of our retired elders, Dr. Carl Erhart, preached a sermon at the retirement recognition service entitled, “Is There Life after Retirement?” Thank God, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes!” Thank God also, that we have a United Methodist Pension Fund that helps to make retirement and life after retirement possible.
Retirement does not mean the end of ministry; in fact, retirement opens up all kinds of options for ministry, from continuing to serve a local church to pursuing new interests and hobbies, enabling one to continue to use one’s gifts and graces. continue reading
When you are considering retirement, it is a good idea to read Paragraph 358 in the 2012 Book of Discipline, where you will discover among other things that mandatory retirement is at age 72 and that a request for retirement shall be in writing to the bishop, the cabinet, and the Board of Ordained Ministry at least 120 days prior to the effective retirement date unless waived by the bishop and cabinet.
When you retire, may you like Abraham (who only answered God’s call after our mandatory retirement age, when he was 75) grow strong in your faith as you give glory to God (Rom. 4:20b).
If you have any questions related to retirement, you can contact Rev. Wm M. Thompson, BOOM Retirement Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at( 570) 325-2121.