each one, reach one, for the ONE...who died for all!

From Our Pastor and First Lady’s Heart



Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church is in a Good Place, as she unfolds her continuing life and legacy of almost 21 years. She is faced with a daunting challenge that I believe churches would love to have. Presently, we have 5 Generations in our church. Not many churches are experiencing this in our Post Technological Age. However, there is an ongoing divide and shift in the life of our churches due to our generational differences. We reflect our relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ primarily by 4 essential elements; (1) the Word of God, (2) the Spirit of God, (3) our vernacular (style and expression), and (4) how the culture impacted us while growing up.

The 5 generations and a synopsis of their characteristics are as follows:

  • Great Generation – born 1901 – 1945
    • Children of WWI, Fighters in WWII, Fighters in Korean and Vietnam Wars
    • Experienced the Great Depression
    • Strongly interested in personal morality and near-absolute standards of right and wrong
    • Contenders of Jim Crow Laws
    • The first hopeful drumbeat of Civil Rights
  • Baby Boomers – born 1946 – 1964
    • Civil Rights are at its height and seeing results in the laws of the land
    • Save the World Revolutionaries of the 60’s and 70s (Hippies)
    • The party hardy career climbers of the 70’s and 80’s (Yuppies)
    • Buy it Now and Use Credit; too busy for neighborly involvement
  • Generation X – born 1965 – 1980
    • Latch-key kids that come home to an empty house
    • Often with divorced or career-driven parents
    • Determined to make marriage work and ‘be there’ for their children
    • Want what they want now, struggling to pay, deeply in credit card debt
  • Millennial – born 1981 – 2000
    • Prefer digital literacy as they grew up in a digital environment (Computers, WWW)
    • #theygetalltheirinformationandmostoftheirsocializationfromtheinternet
    • Technology must be a part of all they do
    • Like to enjoy themselves while working, playing and worshipping
  • Generation Z – born after 2001
    • 61 percent have TVs in their rooms, 35 percent have video games
    • Approximately 4 million have their own cell phones, No Cell/No World
    • Leave behind toys at a much younger age
    • Referred to as KGOY – kids growing older younger; toy companies are suffering

In short, it behooves us as a church to continue our appreciation for all Generations. The LORD is a God of Diversity and Inclusion. Let’s continue to sing Hymns, Anthems, Spiritual Songs, Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, Praise & Worship, and Christian Rap. Let’s continue Devotion by Deacons, Hymn Raising, Clapping our Hands, Shouting with the Voice of Triumph, Praising with many instruments, and Praise and Worship in the Dance and Mime. Let’s strive to enhance and upgrade our technologies. And last but certainly not least, let’s continue to embrace Sunday School, Intercessory Prayer and Bible Study.

“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the Word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” I John 2:14 KJV

Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace,

Pastor Rickey & First Lady Christine Jones, Sr.
Fourth Quarter 2015

"For We Walk By Faith, not by Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7