Something That you need to know about God is…


God wants to be know

the Bible is God’s revelation of himself to us


God has created us with a desire to be known

  • by Him and others


How that happens is THROUGH the CHURCH

For the Christian Believer


As a church, we have a Purpose Statement

  • We are a Mission, ON MISSION


To Help DISCONNECTED people find, follow and be like Jesus

  • The key is the word “DISCONNECTED”


We live in one of the MOST DISCONNECTED times in human history


>>People with stronger social relationships were 50% more likely to survive over the 7.5-year follow-up compared to those with weaker ties.

  • Not die from such causes as cancer or heart diseases


>>Social isolation and loneliness are associated with a 30% increased risk of heart attack and stroke.


>>36% of all Americans—including 61% of young adults and 51% of mothers with young children—feel “serious loneliness


Harvard Graduate School Study Stated:

We need to return to an idea that was central to our founding and is at the heart of many great religious traditions: We have commitments to ourselves, but we also have vital commitments to each other, including to those who are vulnerable.” ~ Harvard Graduate School Of Education

None of this should surprise us…


Jesus once prayed…


John 13:35

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


Here’s the Challenge:

Just “COMING TO CHURCH” isn’t enough

  • That is not what it’s about at all


About 2 years ago, we prayed and asked God to show us how to be the church we needed to be

  • How to help people find, follow and be like Jesus


God Answered with our New Vision


We are to be a church that:





Connect > Care > Cultivate

  • C3 Vision

Everything we do as a church follows that Pattern


This does not apply just to ministry

  • Every important relationship in your life can follow this pattern


We find this in scripture in a verse many of us may know…
Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works, 25 not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.

1: Connect:

…not neglecting to gather together…


Connecting with each of my kids

  • Each one is different
  • Takes specific focus and attention


Connection seems unimportant until it is too late

Jesus was a connector

  • People who didn’t know him or who weren’t like him were drawn to him
  • He saw the Individual


He did not strike out solo but instead connected himself to 12 disciples

  • Let them know him
  • He knew them


A connector adds value to those they are connecting with

  • Serving them
  • Making them feel known


We desire to be a church that Connects people to God and Others

  • No one is off limits
  • Making it as easy as possible

But we are all called as Christian believers to be CONNECTORS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD


How to be a CONNECTOR?

  • Think about others first
  • Get out of your comfort zone
  • Ask questions and truly listen
  • Being Transparent/honest


How does that look for a church?

  • Groups
  • Growth Tracks


How does that look for your life?

  • Specific time with the people that matter
  • Dinner at the table
  • Really listening
  • Dating your spouse
  • Calling a friend to check on them/praying for them
  • Others over yourself


If you do not connect, you can’t do the next step which is…


2: Care:

…but encouraging each other…


Jesus really cared for people

  • He would often get sidetracked
  • Disciples would get frustrated
  • they didn’t understand what was most important


Godly Care brings healing and hope

  • Something powerful
  • Driven by the Holy Spirit


How to be someone who cares

  • Be available (Emotionally/Physically)
  • Be willing to act
  • Don’t have to be asked, but do what needs to be done


How does that look for our church?

  • Care Ministry
  • Outreach
  • Blue Bags
  • Financial resources


What should care look like in your life?

  • Being a good friend
  • meeting the emotional/physical needs of your family
  • Putting others over yourself
  • Available when they need you


Connecting tells you how to care

Caring gives you permission to…


3: Cultivate:

…consider one another in order to provoke love and good works…


Cultivation = Strategic growth

  • Not accidental


Jesus cultivated on multiple levels

  • Sending the disciples out
  • Healing and saying “SIN NO MORE”


How to cultivate others

  1. Sharing knowledge and experience (Mentorship)
  2. Sharing Resources (Financial, influence)
  3. Giving healthy feedback (Correction)
  4. Investing in their life (Time)


How does this look as a church?

  • Family Ministries
  • Volunteering
  • Groups/growth tracks
  • Service Opportunities


How can you Cultivate Others in your life

  • Leverage your own experiences (parents, leaders)
  • Learn to correct in a healthy way
  • Pointing out opportunities
  • Helping them achieve their dreams


Connect > Care > Cultivate

  • Always in that order


CONNECTING tells you how to care

CARING gives you permission to CULTIVATE

CULTIVATING help people reach their potential

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