It starts with the pastor clearly communicating what it is that the church stands for. When the pastor bleeds the mission statement, it will flow down all the way to our leaders.
If you communicate everything, you communicate nothing.
Take what you have been given as far as resources and use them to reach your specific ministry and your specific circle of influence.
Help other generations to know what other generations and ministries are doing, and give them some opportunities to pray and be invested in not just their area of the church, but the church body as a whole.
Nothing beats face-to-face communication
Create an Atmosphere of Openness and Honesty
Leadership (different generations)
Small Groups (Care, Equip type classes)
It cannot be forced; there has to be a grouping of leaders with differing personalities, spiritual gifts, and varying ages
Authenticity is important
Embrace a Never-Changing Message in an Ever Changing Culture
Combining worship styles in one service
Message never changes but the methods need to change
Our church is beginning to look like our community
Teach truth while addressing topics that are active in our culture. Stage of Life community and also embrace diverse unity of groups at regular events
Incorporate a variety of worship styles into all services
Remember the heart
Include more topical studies in the main service
Speak the truth in love
Create an atmosphere where all (singles, divorced, gay) can feel welcome and not excluded or ostracized.
Foster a Warm Community
Remember by name; calling people by name (Name Tag Sunday – ?)
Follow-up with phone calls, texts, etc.
Helpful to be contacted by person they connected with, which means it might not be staff
Have connectors strategically placed from the parking lot to the Life Group or Worship Walking with same people
Same age to help invite people to specific Life Groups
Greet at door or Talking in Life Groups
Having people sit with them in Worship
Life Group leaders are creating a community after church/outside of church
Give them idea sheets
Have staff check in periodically
Serve together multi-generationally
Do this at Bellevue Loves Memphis
Life Groups paired with other Life Groups
Example: a 60s women’s Life Group adopted a College girls’ Life Group to love on and pour into them
Develop/ Implement a Strategy of Answering “Why Jesus” and “Why Church”
Focus from the pulpit on answering tough questions, and not glossing over them.
Apologetics classes, periodically or regularly diving into "Why Jesus" over other things.
Have an open panel, have a service, or maybe break it down into classes. Where people can ask questions. Since on the spot questioning probably isn't practical, have members turn in questions about the Bible weeks in advance, and address multiples, and relevant ones.
Personal stories from church members (video, testimony, etc.)
Have Ravi Zacharias come speak/Q and A (personal favorite)
Be Good Neighbors (to other generations as well as in the community)
Connect the stages of life
Prayer partners within different ministries
Events that bring different ages or “crowds” together
“Adopt a Life Group”
Older Life Groups partner with younger Life Groups to pray for/get involved with.
Advertise events to pray for or volunteer in even if it does not specifically apply to their age group.
Life Groups with people from different walks of life.
Does Bellevue look like its city?
Value Personal Connection Over Institutional Connection
Tie everything to the mission/vision (Vision Frame)
Institutional but becomes personal when implemented
Provides channels for personal connection
60% of people do not connect
Elongated connect times within the Worship Service
The majority of people who attend come into the worship service