It’s Time to Say It: Retirement Is Dead. This Is What Will Take Its Place
Presenter: Frosty and Sue Bivens
Business leaders are rethinking the dominant cultural concept of retirement. Actually, the secular notion of retirement has always lacked a solid biblical basis and has regularly been rethought by the Christian community. In this workshop we hope to show why “retiring” as the world conceives it is a wrong way to think about the future part of our lives. And what will take its place? Our shared discussions will guide us to satisfying answers. As we continue to live and serve into the future, we know that key aspects of our pilgrimage will continue: (1) feeding our spirits through devotional use of the gospel; (2) caring for our bodies as God-given tools; (3) being faithful to our vocations, which may change over time; and (4) mentoring family members intergenerationally. The precise shape of our future lives and activities will vary from person to person and couple to couple, and our discussions will hopefully lead us to embrace that too. This forum will hopefully provide good advice, much of which will come from you and your colleagues and spouses.
Forrest (Frosty) and Sue Bivens have both been blessed with over seven decades of spiritual life in Christ. They are approaching fifty years of married life and have been blessed with six children and eighteen grandchildren. Following 44 years of full-time pastoral ministry, Frosty serves the Pastor Partners mentoring initiative, teaches in continuing education settings for WLS, and serves as requested at St. Jacobi, Greenfield, and Victory of the Lamb, Franklin, WI. Following many years of teaching in Lutheran classrooms on the elementary and secondary level, Sue devotes time to care for her mother as well as several grandchildren, volunteer at a nearby Lutherans for Life office, and carry out several functions at our home church. It’s always been about grace, of course, and they are grateful for the chance to spend this time with fellow recipients of God’s grace in Christ.