Shared by Pastor Mike Meadows, March 18, 2018, 9:30 am Worship Service

I am excited to tell you about a new initiative that we are launching here at Central, called “The Belonging Initiative.” As we look forward to Easter that is fast approaching, as we begin Directory sign-ups, and as we continue our journey through 1 Corinthians, we as a staff felt it would be a great idea for us, as a church, to spend several weeks focusing on strengthening the body of Christ here at Central. As I shared this morning from 1 Corinthians 3:23, we belong to Christ, and this means that we who are in Christ are connected together, that connectedness creates a place of belonging within the church God has planted us in. Look around this morning - these are the people God has given you to belong to. We have a church roll of about 1,000 people who at one point felt led by the Lord to make Central the place where they belong, but it doesn’t take a genius to look around and see there are not 1,000 people in worship each week. With this in mind, we as a staff want to seek to foster a deeper sense of belonging with the people of God here at Central, a belonging rooted in Christ and connected to each other. Many of you know that we have had a season where disunity and division have impacted the health and well being of our congregation. We as a staff are seeking to better foster a sense of unity and love within the church but we need your help. This initiative is intended to help strengthen the Body of Christ, and increase a sense of belonging that unites us as believers even amidst our diversity. This initiative is not just about the staff seeking to do better in this area, but even more than that, it is about we as a church coming together as one body and making a commitment to God and each other. This is our family and we want to seek to make our family the best she can be not only for our benefit, but so that God may be glorified through the way we live our life together as a church body united and sustained in Christ. 

In your bulletin this morning there is a handout, and each week that handout is going to focus on the different elements of this initiative that we want to challenge all of us to be committed to. These commitments are intended to be intentional times of corporate focus on areas that we can improve upon to help increase a sense of belonging here at Central, so that God may be glorified and the Body may be strengthened. 

March 18, 2018 - The Belonging Initiative, Part 1: PRAYER

March 25, 2018 - The Belonging Initiative  Part 2:  GET TO KNOW YOUR CHURCH

April 1, 2018 - The Belonging initiative Part 3:  SERVING WITH YOUR CHURCH

April 8, 2018 - The Belonging Initiative Part 4:  REACHING IN AND LOVING YOUR CHURCH

April 15, 2015 - The Belonging Initiative Part 5:  REACHING OUT

April 22, 2018 - The Belonging Initiative Part 6:  SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY

April 29, 2018 - The Belonging Initiative Part 7:  Wrap-UP