Southern Baptists are abundant in Fort Worth and its surrounding areas. In fact, author and speaker Tom Rainer included a number of Fort Worth and Dallas churches on his annual listing of congregations with the top attendance within the Southern Baptist Convention across the nation. The Great Commission Baptist Church was amongst the top 125 mentioned, as were Glenview Baptist Church and First St. John Missionary Baptist.
Fort Worth is also home to Baylor Scott & White Health of North Texas. Founded in 1903 as the Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium, the enormous health care provider throughout Texas still operates today with a “Christian ministry of healing” and its core. Seniors in Fort Worth not only have access to Baptist worship and community but also healthcare and assisted living options to nurture their spiritual well being.
Lakewood Village Retirement Community is one of the prominent faith-based senior living communities in Fort Worth. Administered through the non-profit Christian Care, the facility provides a continuum of care for seniors. The on-site staff are able to provide care for seniors who need assisted living, skilled nursing, therapy and rehabilitation, hospice services and home health care. The property features a variety of floor plans to meet the needs of residents, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with private and semi-private living options. On-site activities coordinators and ministry staff program daily and weekly events to nurture residents mind, body, and spirits, including religious services and bible study groups.
Not just a network of hospitals, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare also offers a full spectrum of in-home healthcare to seniors in Fort Worth. Skilled nursing and therapy services are available to seniors based on their individualized treatment plan with the goal of helping to return them to independent living as soon as possible. Home health aides and medical social workers may also be available to visit in-home dependent upon need. Some patients may be unable to travel but may need tests completed, and in these instances, testing such as cardiac or neurological testing may be administered at home.
The Fort Worth area is home to over 100 different Baptist churches, each with their own character, making it easy to find a good fit for everyone. Some boast large congregations in oversized buildings and conduct worship services with over 1,000 people in attendance. Others have smaller but just as powerful services to their followers. To meet the needs of the community, many locations will offer services in languages other than English like Spanish, Portuguese, or even Korean.
Churches in the area recognize the importance of having ministry specific to their seniors, and many will offer programs just for adults over 60. One example is the Travis Avenue Baptist Church Legacy and Senior Adults program. It features bible studies for different age groups focusing on that part of the journey, participating in the 135 member choir, or volunteering for homebound ministry for those unable to travel to church services.
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