Just want to get some ideas from my fellow BB members. Okay, here is a little background, our church averages 100 to 120 any given Sunday. Attendance for SS is probably around 80 or so. Sunday night and Wednesday night services drop off significantly to probably 30 or so (Wednesday night is mostly Choir members), not including 10 to 20 youth and children for youth programs. Demographics of the church our estimated as follows (65% Seniors), (10% Young Families with Children 30's to 40's), (5% College/Twenties), (10% Youth/Teens), (10% Children). We do have a bus ministry on Sunday and Wednesday nights. Services are traditional with mainly hymns, no praise band, CCM, etc. Our church is located in a downtown setting, with limited parking and no room for future growth/expansion. We have adequate area for classrooms/small groups, but a relatively small fellowship hall for events/fellowships. Obviously with the older age of the congregration, we have lost several members in the past few years, with deteriorating health others have gone to nursing homes or are limited in their ability to come without help from relatives,etc. Over the past few years, other members have left due to relocation, and other typical reasons. The limited number of young families are less faithful in regular attendance due to many that have to work on Sunday, travel, sick kids, etc. Obviously, it is hard to grow consistency in the youth and childrens programs without consistency from regular members, additionally with few young families I'm sure that visiting young families are probably discouraged from joining. I feel our church is biblically sound (no ear tickling), and welcoming to visitors. I do not necessarily see cliques or barriers for new members to serve, but feel the older members of the congregation could have better interaction with the younger generation (youth without parents present, etc.). Within the past year there has been a concerted effort to reach members who have stopped coming. Our town and surrounding area is generally growing, both with young families and retirees. As with most areas of the Bible Belt, there are churches on every corner of all denominations. Given the factors I outlined, where should outreach efforts be most concentrated?. Obviously, its the duty of each member to be witnessing and inviting friends, family members, co-workers to church. And I feel that if we are being faithful in preaching sound doctrine, God will lead new people to the church. In other threads some have mentioned the elimination of Sunday night and Wednesday night services in order to be replaced with small groups. I'm not sure this would work given our older demographics. I would be interested in hearing though about the sucess others have had with new member orientation classes. We do not have anything like this right now, and I think it would be a good idea as a means for new and prospective members to build relationships and learn more about areas where they can serve. Thanks. Sorry for the long post. I'm sure the situation I presented is not uncommon, but just wanted to get some input from others.