FAMILY TALK 2022
To lay out how engagement looks at Fellowship, we used the analogy of locations in a house. Engagement can happen at three levels:
FRONT PORCH (first level)
- Come as you are
- Surface level dialogue is ok.
- Nothing required: No need to bring or commit to anything
LIVING ROOM (second level)
- Higher value placed on commitment
- Deeper conversation is expected, as is your participation.
- Hospitality says you don’t show up empty handed
- Higher value placed on commitment
KITCHEN (third level)
- Highest level of trust needed. This requires that defenses & pretenses be allowed to come down.
- This is where we eat.
- Our deepest discussions happen here.
- This is where everyone wants to spend their time.
Places where you don’t have to sign up to attend; you can just show up.
And while there is opportunity to engage more, it’s not an expectation that you do.
While we have been online since March 2020, we pivoted to a fully interactive livestream on Christmas Eve 2021, launching our third campus – online.
Engage by serving as a host, camera operator, or on the media team. Training is provided. Email email@example.com to sign up
Alpha provides a space where it is safe to explore questions about God, even skepticism about faith from whatever starting point a person is. It is also useful for those of us who are Christ-followers but want to be better equipped to connect with friends or family members who have questions/concerns. This 8 week experience on Wednesday evenings starts in March. It includes a meal, a brief video, and a non-judgmental discussion on important issues we all face. AND it’s Free.
Engage by joining us on this adventure and invite your friends to come along too, pray for people to come and experience the Gospel, and prepare a meal or dessert.
A national network that equips churches with a heart to help local children and families who are experiencing crisis. This online tool connects churches with local schools and social services so that Fellowship can be made aware of opportunities to meet physical needs that families in our community have. As CarePortal is launching among churches in the Greater Springfield area– Fellowship is already on board, pivoting all of our Benevolence and Crisis Resources to engage through the CarePortal network.
Here are just some of the ways that you can be involved:
- Purchase or fund requested items
- Pray for families
- Help transport requested items (or volunteer use of a truck, if you have one)
- Assemble requested items (i.e., beds, dressers)
- Connect with families
To get started, create a CarePortal account. This can be done through the CarePortal website (www.CarePortal.org) or by downloading the CarePortal app. You will be asked to enter your name, zip code, phone number, email address, and password. Once you have done this, you will be asked to search for a church…simply enter “Fellowship” in the Search bar and select it from the options. (You will be given the option to support other communities or you can simply hit “Skip” to continue.) You are now connected and can view requests in our area and around the country. As local (Clark County) requests are entered, you will be notified via email and given the option to help. In time, we will be creating Fellowship Response Teams, so stay tuned!
This space invites a level of sharing and vulnerability that also brings richer acceptance and belonging.
We share what God is doing in our lives, and use the talents, gifts, skills, and passions He has given us to care for each other.
Even though we haven’t been able to engage in missions trips or events the last two years like usual, we have been purposefully reworking our approach to Missions as a Church. The Goal, to bring the concept of Family into how we support and care for all our ministry partners. We engage in missions because we want “To Equip and Expand the Church Around the World.” That means everything we do in Missions is about growing the Family of Jesus Christ by partnering with people and ministries that are doing that in their local context.
Engage by going on a short term missions trip, praying for our missionary partners, financially supporting a missionary. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Our adult education ministry that strives “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Eph. 4:12-13 Classes will be held at various times on various days in various locations and for various lengths of time. Each class will have a practical application (that could look very different from each other depending on the class).
Engage by taking a class or Bible study, or by leading a class
Presented in a semester format, Fellowship Institute classes will mirror graduate level learning. Classes will be held monthly on Thursday evenings. Classes may be taken individually or back-to-back as part of a two-year intensive learning plan.
Engage by register for the next class starting on March 24 called Worldview by clicking HERE
This is where everyone likes to be… it's where some of the best conversations happen, some of the deepest thoughts offered, where the most encouragement and life change is shared. It's where we serve one another and find nourishment for our hearts, minds and souls.
We know that if we are going to experience community in a more meaningful way, we need to get people out of rows and into circles. In 2019 we launched Connect Groups. The driving energy was to establish smaller circles of belonging where people would do Life, Grow, and Serve Together in a Safe and Healthy Way. Things were going well… until March of 2020.
We learned something interesting through the pandemic and its effect on our church family. The Connect Groups that made it through, didn’t just survive the chaos of the pandemic–they actually thrived. At the same time, people without a group that they could check in on and who were checking on them left many feeling alone and isolated.
We realized that our Church Family needs Connect Groups more than ever! We need to be connected to a tribe that will invest in every area of our lives and let us invest in them. In 2022 we are going to make Connect Groups the primary focus of Kitchen events. We desire that every person finds a place of belonging in an existing Connect Group, or be a part of creating a new group.
We are revamping training and resources that are available for Connect Group Leaders. By shifting Connect Group identity to focus on the campus they are connected to, the team of Connect Group Leaders from each campus will join the Campus Leadership Teams in their leadership of their respective campus by bringing the CARE and Ministry to the Connect Group Level.
So by connecting everyone in our church to a Connect Group, and all of our Connect Groups to specific campuses, and then building collaboration between Connect Group Leaders, Campus Leaders, and Campus Pastors– we will shepherd and care for the members of our Fellowship Family better.
We would love to see Connect Groups doing such a great job of connecting with people, that there are people who are part of Connect Groups even before they feel they are a part of the Fellowship Family…At Fellowship, you can Belong Before you Believe.
Engage by: click HERE to join or lead a Connect Group
Text your questions to 937.504.1262. During the event, we answered them live onstage. After the event, we will get back to you with an answer.
If you would like to download a copy of the program that we distributed during the Family Talk, click the button for a digital copy.