A BRIDGE: Building Relationships with People
Most churches desperately underestimate the size of the chasm that exists between them and the people in their surrounding communities. People of faith recognize that the events and pursuits of a church are an important priority to their lives. However, people with little or no spiritual interests rarely even think about church apart from weddings, funerals, Easter and Christmas. Add all of the perceptions and experiences they have had with church or church people on top of that and you begin to appreciate the Grand Canyon-sized gap that exists between a church and its community. The perspective of un-churched people about God and church is informed by stereotypes, negative religious experiences, hypocritical Christians they have known or their own disappointment and at God over painful episodes in their life.
The only way the church will have the opportunity to influence the people of their community is to build relational bridges. The first step to accomplishing our church’s mission is to build relationships with people, particularly those far from God.
The Friendship Bridge
Cibolo Creek encourages our congregation to be active at developing sincere relationships with the people they hang out with at home, at work, at school and in their neighborhood. Through these relationships, trust and rapport can be established that may pave the way to introducing people to Cibolo Creek Community Church and maybe someday to Jesus Christ.
The Social Bridge
Our church works together to offer various social events designed specifically for reaching out to guests through enjoyable opportunities to get better acquainted. There is almost always something fun happening at Cibolo Creek as a way to share our church with our friends.
The Serving Bridge
Another very effective way for the church to span the chasm that separates it from its community is to move toward people in compassionate acts of service done in the name of Jesus Christ. Cibolo Creek plans various service projects in an effort to connect with people in our area through serving them.