Senior Adult Opportunities

I was crossing the church parking lot after speaking about NCBAM when a lady in a car asked in a low voice, “Can you help me?  My husband has dementia and he gets angry and tries to hurt me.”   

Wow, I didn’t see that coming. I should have, but I didn’t. 

Jean was an elderly caregiver with her own health issues. Her face and posture showed the tremendous stress she was under, and not just from her husband’s anger and threats. She is exhausted from providing care for him--trying to meet his medical and health needs without help; cooking, making trips to the doctor, shopping, cleaning the house, doing the yard work. Obviously the house maintenance and yard work has been left undone. When does Jean ever get a break? To make matters even worse, she lives in isolation, with no help in sight and no hope. 

Jean is a real person, not a made-up example, not a number. My guess is you know a caregiver like Jean. How many Jeans in your church have faded from the pews? Will you reach out to them?  

NCBAM wants to help your church help caregivers like Jean!


November is National Family Caregiver's Month! 

November is a good time to consider how you and your church can help family caregivers. Let’s share the care. Caregivers really do need our help!

Here are ten ways churches can help the family caregiver;

  1. The NCBAM Call Center may know of resources that can help family caregivers! Call NCBAM at 877.506.2226.
  2. Host an NCBAM workshop on stress reduction, or on understanding more about dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease). Remember to provide respite for the care recipient during the workshop. Call 877.506.2226 to schedule a workshop.
  3. NCBAM can provide a Care Team Training workshop for your church. Respite services are one of the many ways that Care Teams can help a family caregiver.
  4. Provide group respite.
  5. Facilitate caregiver support groups with real tools they can use. Or, provide a listing of support groups in your church bulletin or on your webpage.
  6. Provide lunch or dinner deliveries.
  7. Help with laundry, housework, or yard work.
  8. Do minor repairs around the house - including changing light bulbs and installing smoke alarms.
  9. Provide transportation to the doctor, pharmacy or grocery store.
  10. Run errands for the caregiver.
  11. Encourage church members and leaders to learn about dementia and be a resource for families in need.
  12. Give spiritual care and support for both the caregiver and the care recipient. A continued fellowship with God is essential for hope and peace. Offer Sunday school in the home; caregivers and care recipients love it!

NCBAM can help your church in many ways! Our team members can provide presentations on caregiving, dementia and dozens of other topics. We can work with your church to develop or expand caregiver ministries. And, the NCBAM Call Center can provide information and assistance.


Opportunities to Learn More about Caregiving

Nov 14, 2017   Senior Adult Ministry Leaders Meeting at the Buncombe Baptist Association (227 Hazel Mill Rd. in Asheville) will examine the Caregiver and the Church. Contact Anita Davie at 828.450.1834 or if you wish to attend. 

Click here to better recognize the many challenges faced by round the clock caregivers! 

NCBAM’s regional directors are available to speak to your church or group about caregiving and many other topics. Reach out to the NCBAM director in your area today; he or she will love to hear from you! 

Far West Area

Anita Davie,, 828.450.1834 

Central West Area

Debra Kuykendall,, 828.496.6106 

North Central Area

Samantha Allred,, 336.307.1181 

South Central Area

Robert Leonard,, 704.699.7519 

East Area

Yvetta Smith,, 919.452.6069 

Call Center Director

Melanie Beeson,, 877.506.2226 


Regional Spotlight

Far West North Carolina


Anita Davie directs ministry services for NCBAM in the far west region. Davie has 20 years' experience in social work including directing an Area Agency on Aging. A lifetime Baptist, Davie cherishes the opportunity to use her experience in public service to help churches develop ministries for aging adults. Anita lives in Weaverville and has one son. 


Anita covers the following areas for NCBAM: 

Baptist Associations:

Buncombe, Carolina, French Broad, Graham, Haywood, Macon, Transylvania, Truett, Tuckaseigee and Little River  


Madison, Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Transylvania, Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, Clay and Cherokee


Get Help for the Journeywith NCBAM's enrichment workshops!


The following is a list of workshop categories and titles. For more information or to schedule a training, contact the NCBAM Call Center at 877.506.2226. 

30-60 Minute Workshops    Aging and Spirituality                         

My Prayer Life for All My Life

The Spiritual Practice of Simplicity

Living Forward: New Horizons in Life

Pastor Appreciation


NCBAM’s CareAble Curriculum

FACES—Seeing the Aging in Your Community

The NCBAM Care Team Model of Ministry

The Christian Art of Caregiving



SOS for Caregivers

Caring for the Caregiver

The Five Love Languages for Caregivers

Dementia and the Faith Community 

Down, But Not Out! (addressing depression in aging adults)


Healthy Aging

Aging and Health (medication management)

Benefits of Volunteerism in Aging Adults  

Better Sleep BINGO!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

The Five Love Languages for Aging Adults

Reducing Stress in the Golden Years

Shake, Rattle and Roll (recreational ministry)

Soul Stretch Exercise


Intergenerational Ministry                            

Two Peas in a Pod - Similarities between Aging Adults and Teenagers

Generation to Generation (generational mindsets)



NCBAM Brief Overview 

In Good Faith: Co-Laborers For Aging Adults (NCBAM’s community partnerships)

Together We Serve (meeting needs of the aging) 

We Got This! (Baptists meeting needs)

Up, Up, But Not Away!  (combating ministry fatigue)


Planning Ahead

Living with Less (downsizing)

Make Retirement Years Your “Bonus Years”

Skirting a Train Wreck (preparing to care for aging parents)


Priority #1 Prevention

Fire and/or Fall Prevention Classes

Building Better Balance  (screening process)

Not Living in Neverland: Removing Barriers in Your Home

Beware: Scams and Frauds


Six-to-Eight-Week Evidence-Based Classes

(Limited availability, but we can direct you to a training in your area.)


Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition 

Living Healthy with Diabetes 

Matter of Balance  (fall prevention)

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention 

NCBAM’s regional directors are available to speak with you about classes or other NCBAM ministry outreaches.  

Central West Area

Debra Kuykendall,, 828.496.6106

Far West Area

Anita Davie,, 828.450.1834

South Central Area

Robert Leonard,, 704.699.7519

North Central Area

Samantha Allred,, 336.307.1181

East Area

Yvetta Smith,, 919.452.6069

NCBAM wants to help meet needs in your church and community! 

Contact us today!

North Carolina Baptist Aging Ministry P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC  27361

A ministry of Baptist Children's Homes -- Michael C. Blackwell, President/CEO & NCBAM Founder 



Broadway & Brooklyn - Best of NYC,Motor Coach Trip, December 4-7, 2017.  This 4 day/3 night package includes 3 nights hotel accomodations, 3 breakfasts, and 2 dinners.  We will enjoy guided touring of New York City, tour the NBC studios, have orchestra seating at a Broadway show, experience "A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour" and more.  Cost is $709 double occupancy and $869 single occupancy.  A $100 deposit is due when you sign up and your balance is due by October 15.  Trip insurance is available for $79 per person double occupancy and is due when you sign up.

For all events that have a cost, your reservation is made by submitting your payment or the required deposit by the deadline stated.  Please contact Laura at 704-893-2612 or


To learn how AAIM can help strengthen your ministry to aging adults, contact a member of the AAIM Leadership Board. They'll love to hear from you!

AAIM Chair, Stan Heiser,

Co-Chair, Norman Melton,

Secretary, Barbara Blood,

West Region Leader, Glenn Davenport,

NCBAM Western Regional Directors

Debra Kuykendall,, 828.496.6106

Anita Davie,, 828.450.1834

Central Region Leader, Christa Warise,

NCBAM Central Regional Directors

Robert Leonard,, 704.699.7519

East Region Leaders, Phil and Phyllis Crane,

NCBAM East Regional Director

Yvetta Smith,, 919.452.6069

For more infomration about AAIM or the Fall Regional Gaterhings, contact the NCBAM Call Center at 877.506.2226.

Leaders of aging adult groups -- are you ready to join us for encouragement, information and fellowship?

 Register here today!


Come to The Cove


Get away to the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., and experience life-changing seminars, concerts, and retreats.

The 2018 Program Guide will be available in January. The events shown below are a portion of the year’s complete schedule. To register or get information on all our programs, visit or call 1-800-950-2092. Programs and lodging can fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today

April 9 » SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
May 7–9 » SeniorCelebration: Don Wilton with Burchfield Brothers

June 18–22 » Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
June 25–29 » Mark Yarbrough 

April 10–11 » Jim Cymbala
May 1–3 » Jim Henry
May 30–June 1 » Ed Stetzer 

February 18 » Jason Crabb
March 14 » The Collingsworth Family
April 19 » David Phelps 

March 22–23 » Jennifer Rothschild
April 8 » Jan Harrison • Women’s Spring Luncheon
July 6–8 » Lisa Harper • Women’s Seminar 

June 15–16 » James (J.B.) Brown 

Self-directed or staff-guided Personal Spiritual Retreats are offered on a space-available basis so you can privately focus on God. Special discounts may apply for those in full-time ministry.
Romans 12:2