The Retirement Reformation Manifesto
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This manifesto aims to unite a movement to reform our cultural concept of retirement. In this reformation, Christ followers are coming together to affirm their allegiance to God, commitment to Jesus’ direction, and alignment with His design for life and living, including bearing fruit without measure.
Those who sign this manifesto assert the Biblical truth that Christ redeemed us to bear fruit in every season of life and affirm this belief with the following 10 commitments:
We live for more than our culture’s definition and expectations of retirement.
We choose to enter each new season with a God-directed vision of His preferred future for us.
We embrace the promise of the fruits of the Spirit and reject the self-indulgent trappings of retirement.
We realize retirement may extend for thirty years or longer.
We acknowledge that people matter to God, and we cultivate our hearts for others.
We need community and connection with others in authentic relationships.
We recognize that our calling ends at death—not retirement.
We intentionally focus our activities on Kingdom building activities.
We live on mission for Jesus, representing Him to others.
We resolve to encourage others to find meaning and purpose in following God’s design.
We recognize that it is the power of Jesus that allows us to live with faith and experience fulfillment in every season of life. With that conviction we embrace John 15:16 as our foundation:
You did not choose me, but I chose you and called you so that you might bear fruit - fruit that will last - and whatever you ask in My Father’s name, He will give it to you.
Sign the Manifesto
By signing this Manifesto, I join with other Christ followers to prepare for and actively pursue this new understanding of retirement for my life.