First, I would recommend you attend the Discovering ThatChurch class. It is offered every other month on a Sunday following the third service. Child care is provided and lunch too! Check the announcement videos and your worship guide for the next class. This class is so awesome for several reasons. One, you get to know the history of the church and how it started. Second, you get to hear more about every ministry and the open positions that are available…and finally…you get to meet the coolest church staff around! If you have not been to a DTC class, I recommend you start here!
Second, egroups. If you have never been in a egroup, I suggest you find one that interests you and join! Don’t wait…run and join. These small group will get you connected and bonded to several people! egroups are meant for bonding and doing life together. This group will not only study the Word of God with you, but they will pray for you and with you, share praises, share heartache, just share plain ‘ole time with you and get involved in your life. Many groups will do things outside the church walls too…like bowling and eating together as a group. This is another really great place to get connected.
Third, join a ministry. What are your talents and Spiritual Gifts? What SHAPE did God give you? When you know that, you know a ministry you need to get involve with! It all starts with calling the main office number and setting an appointment with Stacey. She will sit with you often one-on-one and find out your God-given shape and gifts. She will let you know what openings we have and who to contact. It is that simple. You will meet wonderful people in the ministry you are SHAPED for! Awesome way to connect.
Finally, go to activities and events. I know the Women’s ministry, for example, holds an event at least every other month. Look in your worship guide or watch the announcement video and plan to go to an any event. Meet tons of people at each one of them. This is another way to connect! We would love to see you at our events. Ask any of the leaders to help you connect with others and I know they will love to do so.
One last way to connect…pick a service that you attend, but add another one to that as well. At the second service stay in the crossing and sit in the coffee shop and try to meet at least one person you do not know. Chat over coffee or water…it’s free! You are already there and who knows…that initial ice breaker could form a lasting friendship.
Susan, I hope this answers your question. I pray you will pick one or MORE and get connected!