Do you feel lonely? Do you know that 72% of Americans do feel lonely?  One third of Americans experience chronic or on-going loneliness. The funny thing? It seems to affect all ages.

 

If you are looking for friends, if you feel like community is what you are lacking, try Haven Church.  It’s OK to try us and just “visit” for a couple of times, but if you are looking for all-in community we have opportunities to experience authentic Christ-following people.

 

 

 

Connecting with others to experience the Kingdom of God.

God is what our hearts crave. We have a God-shaped vacuum in our souls. Once we address that need, many think that is all they need. They want to be self-sufficient in their faith. We believe that God created us to be in connection with others. Life is embellished or enhanced when we connect with each other. We are all unique. There is more than one good way to connect. Therefore we have many opportunities, times and locations for you to find where you connect best. Watch this video to get a better idea of what we are talking about.

LIN BATTS Connecting Ministries Director

 

I believe that God has many great ideas! The first is a relationship with Him! Beyond that we cannot achieve transforming into all that He intends for us to be without being in community. Our rough edges get sanded as we rub ideas together. Our minds grow as we challenge and share concepts. Our capacity to love is enlarged when we see to the needs of others.

 

My philosophy has been shaped to a great extent by this text:

 

‘If you want the most from your church experience, if the Love of Christ is going to make a difference for you, if you hunger for community, then do this: Agree with each other to love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourself the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God, but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status. Instead he relinquished his prestige of deity and humbled himself like a slave, He became human!’

(Adapted from Philippians 2:1-7, the Message)

 

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