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Mission: retire2serve exists to
encourage individuals to use their retirement for significant service to God,
and to encourage churches and faith-based organizations to facilitate this
Principal: Jim Hughes
retire2serve in May 2005. I accepted early retirement from Texaco
in 2002 and established Mapmaker
Coaching, a Christian life coaching practice, later that year. Early on, I was struck by these facts:
- Our generation has been given 30 years
of extra life compared to just 100 years ago.
- The average first retirement age is
57, and the average final retirement age is 62.
- The opportunity for large numbers of
people to use this 15-30 years for service to God and others is
Choosing to use retirement years to serve
is not a new idea, but it is an idea that has not yet come into the
- In the 1960's, there were attempts
within the Kennedy administration to launch programs wherein retirees would
be enlisted in major service initiatives, but they never got beyond the
pilot stage. I believe faith-based efforts will succeed where
government-sponsored efforts have failed.
- The Halftime
movement begun by Bob Buford in the 1990's, encouraging individuals to move
from success in the marketplace to significance in serving, continues to
grow. I'm a great fan of Halftime, and have participated in a number
of Halftime events. The Halftime concept, however, only reaches a
portion of those who are interested in devoting time from their second half
of life to service to God.
My goal with retire2serve
is to reach the larger audience of regular folks who in retirement have the
option of choosing to serve.
Mapmaker Coaching © 2005