From Problems to Possibilities

Faith Communities enabling those in the third third of life to flourish

We hear it all the time. Older people are a problem for their families, communities, churches, and the society at large. Without ignoring the challenges of aging, it’s time for a new narrative. We need to move from problem to potential as we think about people in the “third third” of life and their opportunity to flourish. Churches will play an essential role in this effort and will reap rich benefits from the empowerment of their older adults.

Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts

A photo of Mark, wearing a blue suit, smiling. He wear glasses, and has a short white beard.

Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 3,000 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a PhD in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his DMin cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.


  • In-Person: $90 ($80 early bird price until May 1)
    • (includes lunch)
  • Virtual: $75 ($65 until May 1)
    • includes Zoom group participation throughout the day and/or access to seminar recording
  • $10 discount available to early bird registrants by May 1, 2024, low income situations, and students


Conrad Grebel University College
Great Hall
140 Westmount Rd N
Waterloo, ON


(All times are in Eastern, Toronto time)

9:30 AM:  Registration & coffee

10:00 AM:  Seminar session 1

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM:  Seminar session 2

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