As new people come into a congregation and as longer-tenured people transition out, the fellowship and sense of community in a congregation shifts. Many people know fewer people as true friends. The natural creation of small groups and clichés occur; often without any intentionality.
Smart congregations engage in intentional efforts to deepen true community within the congregation. They have the now classic intergenerational experiences. They also have inter-tenure fellowship experiences. They may even have worship, discipleship, fellowship, and missional engagement experiences organized so that people who do not know one another well get to know one another more deeply.