We are prayerfully considering:
slight adjustments to our Sunday morning service times
a new Multigenerational “Connections” Program
Frequently Asked Questions
• Sunday School and Bible Study participation has been declining for at least 15 years. (Currently 60 kids/youth. Ten years ago it was 110.)
• At least 60% of our Sunday School kids/youth rarely, if ever, participate in worship.
• From focus groups with young adults in our church, we’ve found that if kids didn’t learn the
value of worship when they were 5, they won’t value it when they’re 25.
• We have many families through our Childcare Center, Green Park, and Lutheran South.
Additionally, our church location sits in the middle of the growing Lindbergh School District. Yet
we have difficulty in engaging children/youth/families on Sunday morning.
• Non-traditional families are more and more the norm – single parents, grandparents raising
grandkids, etc. Our current model is not connecting with these life situations.
• Beyond children and youth, there are many who struggle to connect relationally within our
church – singles, divorced, empty nest, retirees, widows, etc.
Everyone in Worship (including children): Worship is a central mark of the church. Like a family eating dinner, it’s one time when all God’s people are together.
Multigenerational Relationships: Spiritual formation happens best in relationships. The church has always existed as a family, the generations living together to encourage, equip, and grow.
• No Sunday School during the middle hour, thereby allowing kids, youth, and families to worship
together in the 9:00 hour.
• Utilizing a 45 minute block between the second two services (10:00-10:45) to foster Christ-
centered relationships around a lesson or topic in a “connections” format.
Connections are for adults too. There would be multiple offerings on different topics. For example: Biblical literacy (lectionary readings) Catechesis/Doctrine Clarification, Bookmark Training, Sermon Debriefing, Loved + Sent, Book Studies, Leadership Development, Parent/Youth Joint Classes. Topics would rotate and respond to the needs of our people.
Connections would utilize the common, central spaces of our church, rather than classrooms in the back of our building. We’ve found that guests have a hard time finding Sunday School.
Family Room: Parents and small children
Fireside Room: Parents of elementary age and teenagers Commons: Remains open for conversation and fellowship South Hallway: Groups for teens-adults.
We currently average 55 adults in Sunday Morning Bible Study. About 45 of them attend the early service. We would continue these Bible Studies at 9:00, maintaining the Sunday routine for our early service members.
Of those who regularly attend Bible Study on Sundays, only two who are under the age of 45. By adding Connections to our existing Bible Studies, we hope to engage a whole new segment of our congregation who worship at the middle or late service.
There would be no change to our general approach to worship. The early and middle services remain traditional. The late service remains contemporary in style.
With more children in worship, we would work to incorporate components that further engage younger members – children’s messages and children’s church time during the sermon.
The two core components of Everyone in Worship and Multigenerational Relationships come together.
Sunday 7:45 am* & 9:00 am*
Sunday 10:45 am*
Sunday 11:15 am*
*Denotes Family Support Team and Children’s Worship Resources available
Adult Bible Study
Connections (for ALL ages)
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