WHY MY CHURCH ROCKS

On Sunday, February 4, 2018. Worshipers at St. Paul Lutheran Church were asked to write a brief “elevator speech” on their experience of our church community, with three caveats:

  1. Try not to use church jargon or inside language.
  2. Try not to name specific names or programs (this is about an impression of the experience.)
  3.  Try to imagine sharing a sentence or two with someone not connected to any church currently.

(As expected – not everyone followed directions!)

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Here were the responses:

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A place to feel welcomed and share the Word of God.

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St. Paul provides a warm and welcoming space to meet new friends who come together to share their love of God and grow as a community and as an individual.

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St. Paul community and teachings give me a foundation to build my moral values on.

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St. Paul’s has a Good Pastor, Good Music and a Friendly Congregation

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A welcome congregation – inclusive to all. A congregation with wonderful music, pastor & friends.

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A caring friendly group of people trying to do God’s will for them.

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I chose St Paul because of all the wonderful outreach like Soup Kitchen.

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I go to this church because the people make it feel like home. They are kind and warm!

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St Paul is a “Go To” church. The members are always available for anything at anytime.

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Friendly, positive, welcoming, open, optimistic, energetic.

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Friendly

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We are welcoming, concerned with our community & inclusive. Many ways to become involved.

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Church is very welcoming and friendly. Welcoming to Community as well.

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FRIENDLY

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The music is very uplifting!

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Progressive, church, vibrant, very active, great intergenerational and community involvement.

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1.Friendliest group of people in town.

2. When I leave here, I am in the best mood.

3. Best youth education and growing outreach.

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The fact that I have so many good friends here and they share my beliefs. The wonderful worshipful atmosphere of our church.

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A group of people who come together to be together and to share life together.

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Our church is a place where people can reflect on themselves with the help of others.

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St. Paul is a warm and friendly environment that reaches well beyond the walls of Great Hammock Road.

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St. Paul is great. We are very welcoming. We have great programs for kids. St. Paul is also working to help people in the community and around the world.

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Fun & Welcoming

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I love where it is – it gives me a reason to go to the WATER…  I love who goes – they/we “get it”. We don’t get in the way. We let God lead.

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It is fun. I like ukulele club.

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St. Paul’s is very welcoming and down to earth. It’s a lot of fun and I like that it is casual and flexible.

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Welcoming, Caring, Kind.

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This church is a very caring church, people are always ready to help when needed.

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A friendly, accepting place to learn about God’s plan and life in Jesus Christ.

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St. Paul is my place to encounter my friends, family and best of all my Savior Jesus Christ.

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St. Paul is a welcoming community for all ages and stages, sharing their faith openly.

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Community of beautiful beings, sharing in faith, friendship, family, love.

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Warm. Welcoming. Serving. Christ-Centered.

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Like a family gathering or reunion of friends.

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St Paul is a welcoming, vibrant, energetic and loving community.

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We are here to love each other (in church, outside of church, in the world) because we love Jesus and he loves us.

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We are a happy bunch; Looking to do some good in the world!

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Caring. Love. Friendship.

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Casual. Laid-back. Fun.

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A friendly place to go.

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Overall, this church is fun.

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This church is a good moral foundation for us all and is important for the character of our children.

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A warm, welcoming gathering of imperfect people who seek to learn about God’s love.

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This church is welcoming and inclusive – Sermons are timely, heartfelt and relatable to the world today.  Thank you.

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We are visitors. Very friendly and welcoming.

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I experienced a warm sense of community. People talked to me even though we are strangers.

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You are Friendly and Family.

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I experience the joy of community and the Gospel – community in Christ Caring.

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A community to be open, trusting, unguarded about exploring the presence and being part of the activity of God!

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It’s like coming home.

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This church is welcoming, uplifting, does amazing outreach. Pastor Geoff – the person, the sermons/message/delivery.

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The friendly, welcoming people.

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God is Here. We are Here. All’s right with the world when we leave Here.

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Always so welcoming to visitors like myself.

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This church is Humble and Welcoming.

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The church is fun with great people.

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Warm and welcoming place where we share, fellowship and love.

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Open – welcoming to all people and the music is fun and inspiring. It often makes me want to dance.

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Inspiring. A blessing to all. Intimate and powerful.

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St. Paul is Cool.

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Welcoming, non-judging, friendly people. Service Oriented. Wonderful Staff.

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The many friends I have met and enjoy seeing them in Bible Study on Thursdays.

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People coming together to search for God.

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Friendly. Welcoming. Outreach in Community.

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Christ Focused. Warm & Friendly.

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A caring, involved congregation of believers of Jesus Christ proclaiming His love in Word and Action.

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COMMUNITY

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Warm, welcoming community of faithful people –  These are not empty words.  Kindness Abounds!

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Family. Love. Warmth/Kindness.

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The fellowship & feels like family. Community. I can be myself with no judgement.  Recharges my soul.

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1 A time to reflect on my life. 2. The sermon is always thought provoking.

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It’s a fun church to be a part of. I really enjoy it.

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Friendly. Always helpful when needed.

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Friendly, welcome (warm), uplifting music, Good messages and sermons.

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St Paul:

A caring community of Jesus that reaches out to others and each other; then holds on.

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Thanks for reading.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMMUNITY OF FAITH?

Or

IF YOU STARTED PARTICIPATING IN ONE, WHAT WOULD YOU LOOK FOR?

-PGS

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