The church is made up of a family of believers who come together to worship and grow in faith.
Similar to our natural families, a healthy church is comprised of members from many demographics.
The church wants the children because they are the future leaders. A healthy church also wants the elderly.
The oldest members remind us of where we have been, and how we would not be where we are without their tireless effort through decades of service.
Every demographic in between the children and the elderly make up the family we call church.
Each unique group has its own interests and needs and deserves the focus, resources, and support from the church.
The 6 Demographics Of A Church
Children are our future leaders, so it only makes sense to sow as much as possible into this tender impressionable demographic.
Children’s ministry is designed to help children socialize and learn Biblical principles.
Create a children’s ministry that is fun, interactive, and educational.
Make learning fun by using activities to reinforce the Biblical principles the kids are learning. Incorporate socialization into activities, so children make friends and enjoy time at church.
Spend the time and resources on creating kid events that they look forward to.
For instance, Vacation Bible School is a great summer event that keeps the kids engaged during the summer when many families are on vacation and out of a routine.
Create a great kids program for the kids but don’t forget that a healthy children’s ministry also provides parents the opportunity to be refreshed by enjoying a (childless) church service!
We have all been there and understand the confusion and challenges that come with being a teenager.
This influential group of kids requires applicable and relevant teaching for living in a confusing world.
Teens need hope. Make an effort to be aware of the issues of the day so the church can offer a Biblical response to the pressures these kids endure.
Teens want to be accepted. Strive to create an inviting youth culture and environment that attracts teens by being welcoming, accepting, and without fear of judgment.
3. Young Adults
Young adults are that group of young people who have transitioned into adulthood. Newly out of school and new to the workforce.
Many have young families, are struggling with finances and trying to figure out how marriage works.
Support this group by creating programs and events that cater to their interests and needs.
A vibrant children’s church that their kids love is a big part of that support! But create marriage support and personal finance programs to help them learn and grow in practical ways.
Those members who have lived a little life, raised their kids, and are now trying to figure out what life looks like without those family responsibilities.
This group is often still in the workforce and has decades of life experience. Many have lived the Christian faith and love church – and often give more than they take.
Acknowledge this group by tapping into their experience and wisdom to help with program development and volunteer opportunities with the younger generations.
We are all more focused on our health, and many retirees are now living active lives. This group is very different from the retirees of the last century.
They want to give back and can be one of the more helpful volunteer group – simply because they have spare time.
Use this group to fill volunteer positions but don’t forget to provide fellowship.
For instance, bring in guest speakers who can provide retirement, health, or financial tips. Use these gatherings as a time of fellowship. Provide food and an opportunity to fellowship and support each other.
Much of society seems to forget about the elderly. Our parents, grandparents or great-grandparents who have lived for close to a century have needs. This group of extraordinary people needs and deserves the care of the church.
Often, transportation is a single barrier for an elderly person to attending church. Create a process and system for transporting this fragile group of members.
For instance, I was walking my dog on Sunday morning and saw a shuttle bus pull into our community with a local church name on the van.
The shuttle stopped in front of an elderly woman’s house, and a kind gentleman greeted her and helped her onto the bus.
What a blessing for that woman, but also for the church to have her be able to participate in a church service.
We know inherently that taking care of the kids and teens is important for a church.
But let’s not take the other demographics for granted by neglecting to find ways to help them grow spiritually and giving them much needed fellowship with other members of the church.
Even if this means picking members up to get them to church!
How does your church support these different demographics?