Between 2002 and 2012, the number of U.S. Internet users older than 65 grew 16 percent annually, according to the Nielsen Norman Group. The same is probably true in the UK. “Seniors are currently the fastest-growing demographic among social networks,” says Wes Bartel, national director of Senior Adult Ministries for the Assemblies of God. Increasingly, Web use is becoming a way of life for seniors.
Among Internet users 65 and older, 71 percent go online on a typical day, according to Pew Research. Bartel says more seniors logging onto the Internet can aid the spread of the Gospel. Not only can an increasing number of online seniors access ministry resources, such as evangelistic websites and church broadcasts, older Christians can also engage in Internet outreach, he says.
“Today, we are seeing increased ministry opportunities for seniors online,” Bartel says. “Social media makes it possible for seniors to connect with the younger generation in a meaningful way,” says Roger Gibson, senior director of AG Adult and Family Ministries. “Millennials (18-34) want to connect with seniors because they really see value in the wisdom of those who have been through the storms, trials, and life experiences that they are currently going through.”
BIBLE STUDY: Psalm 71:1-18
PRAISE: God for the opportunities of Christian witness provided by the Internet. Pray that many retired Christians may seek to use it for Christ.