Nathan and I have been going through the new-comers class (called Discovery) at our church. Last Sunday, as the pastor was wrapping up his portion of the class, he asked if anyone had questions. I’m pretty sure my husband got nervous when I raised my hand.
I asked how often the Discovery classes were held. He said that the next one would be in August. That’s 3 months away. I plunged ahead with some thoughts I had. At this point, I was certain that Nathan was worried about what I would say.
The background on this is that we had waited almost 3 months to be a part of this Discovery class. For some church congregations this might work well. In the case of this church, it’s a bit more problematic. This particular church specifically does NOT have many things happening at the building where they meet for church. They really want people “being the church” outside of the church building. The way to connect with people is to go through the Discovery class and then be placed in a community group. We’ve spent three months attending this church and there have been almost no opportunities to get to know anyone.
So, I spoke up in class. I said that three months was a very long time to wait when you’re new to a community, don’t know anyone and are lonely. You know what? A good number of the people in the class with us agreed.
Here are some take-away questions I would love to hear your thoughts on:
1)What does your church do to reach out to those who are new?
2)What have you seen that works well or doesn’t work at all (this would vary by person, obviously!) to assimilate new people?