At Faith, getting involved can mean several things and look differently with any given individual. Historically, anytime the church would do something, it was a good time for everyone to be involved. As a small church, most events are small group events. Over the last year, there has been enough growth numerically that it is not practical for everyone to participate in everything the church does. No one is nor should they be expected to be involved in every aspect of the church or every activity of the church. Regardless of whether the church only has thirty people or grows to more than a thousand, the goal will be to remain connected through small groups and teams.
The Christian life is one that Scripture expresses as one lived in community with one another. While it may not be feasible to be personally close to everyone that comes to our church, it is possible to have meaningful interaction with some. With Jesus as our shared King, there can even be camaraderie with those we do not know. With this in mind, it is time to discuss the two ways that attenders and members will be encouraged to participate, by intentionally spending time in a small group and by developing a teamwork mindset.
Small groups can be maintained in a number of ways. It can be through a Sunday school class, a home group, a service team, and so on. Each small group ought to have its own purpose, but that purpose can be quite diverse from small group to small group. One may be about growing in knowledge of Scripture, one may be about mentoring, another could be about service projects, still another could be focused on evangelistic opportunities, or it could even be mom’s with young kids just needing time to be together to decompress. Even the length of time a particular small group meets is open. Some small groups will have a short lifespan. Others may have a long lifespan. The big idea is that we operate together while fostering genuine concern and interest in one another’s lives. In short, we “live life” together.
Teamwork will manifest itself in many forms also, but here is how it currently works. The church has a number of what we call, “committees” which perform a specific function of a felt need in the church body or building. These are teams of people who are organized to function cooperatively for a given task, objective, or area of responsibility. These groups are vital to the success of fulfilling our mission.
“Teams” will be the new title of these groups; we will no longer be calling them committees. According to the Encarta Dictionary, a committee refers to people who have been appointed to a position. Because people do not need to be appointed to these groups, the term, “teams” better describes what we are attempting to achieve. By the same dictionary, team refers to a “number of people organized to function cooperatively as a group.” As a church, the goal for our teams is to function cooperatively to manage a specific area of responsibility.
Allow me to urge you to find a team that you can be a part of. Working together to accomplish the mission and purpose of the church is found all throughout the New Testament. Being a part of a team helps each of us remember that no one is expected to live this Christian life alone. This is not member exclusive. Anyone can participate on a team at Faith. Team coordinators, formerly called committee chairpersons, are the only ones required to be members.
For a list of current teams, you may simply request one from Pastor Justin, Pastor Cam, a deacon, or a secretary. If you have a suggestion for a new team, please share with Pastor Justin or a deacon.
Justin began serving as the pastor at Faith in February of 2013. He is passionate about people having the opportunity to hear the good news about eternal life through Jesus Christ.