new believers

Welcome to your new life in Christ! 


You’ve just made the most important decision of your life, and we’re thrilled for you. Naturally, you have some questions about what’s next. We’ve identified three characteristics of a disciple of Jesus that will help you discover your next steps on this exciting new stage of your spiritual journey. 


Love God

To know God is to love God. When Jesus declared that God is looking for “true worshipers (who) will worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23), He forever established worship as a fundamental aspect of walking in the Way of Jesus. Engaging in a weekly worship experience is a powerful way to both experience God’s love and show God our love. Another time-tested form of worship is the daily study of God’s Word, the Bible. In the Bible, we encounter the very words of God spoken through human authors and given to “teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives. (Scripture) corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip (us) to do every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). As we read and reflect on Scripture, we grow in our knowledge of and love for God and are shaped into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. The easiest way to engage with the Bible
is to find a reading plan and a partner to join you.
Click here to find a reading plan.


Build Community

To make progress on your new journey with Christ, you will need some traveling companions. When God created Adam, God quickly noted, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We were created to do life together. Each of us needs a safe place to ask our questions, make new friends, and grow in our faith. That’s why we offer a variety of small groups and classes to meet you wherever you are on your spiritual journey, from spiritual explorer to maturing believer. We also offer classes for those of us struggling with challenging life experiences such as loss of a loved one, divorce, personal finances, and boundary setting. For a current list of small groups and classes, please check the GroupLife wall on the west side of the Atrium. For further information or for guidance on which group or class may be best for you,
please contact Rev. Mike Whitaker.


Unleash Compassion

As a new follower of Jesus, you gain a new identity. Jesus said to his disciples, “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:7). Jesus invited each of His followers to see themselves the way He saw himself—as a servant. As one who serves, you intentionally look for ways to offer Christ’s love to others. When you accept Jesus as Forgiver and Leader, God gives you one or more spiritual gifts to advance Christ’s work. Through the G6 class, you can learn to identify your spiritual gifts. You can then deploy and develop your God-given gifts to unleash the compassion of Christ through service.
Check out a list of serving opportunities here.


Next Steps Checklist

Here are some basic action steps you can take: 

  • Engage in a weekly worship experience
  • Sign-up for a one-hour Starting Point class (offered every two months) 
  • Pick a Bible reading plan, find a friend, and jump in together
  • Choose a small group or class that fits you
  • Discover your spiritual gifts and your “sweet spot” to serve