Explore, Experience, Engage
It is easy to be anonymous, to feel disconnected in a crowd of people, even at church. Since God does not intend for our faith journey to be a solo effort, at SMC we use three words that represent specific environments essential to growth as a Christ-follower: explore, experience and engage.
The word “explore” emphasizes the importance of regularly gathering for worship. Weekends at SMC are intentionally designed to create a safe environment to encounter Jesus together through teaching, community, and prayer.
Alongside our weekend worship, the word “experience” describes the importance of growing in a smaller group environment. SMC has a variety of ministry areas, spanning the seasons of life, that offer smaller groups: for children, students, study, service, and spiritual formation. Moving into a smaller group experience is crucial not only for developing life-giving relationships, but also for growth as a Christ-follower.
The final “e” word is “engage.” This is Jesus’ challenge in Luke 10: 26-28: in essence, grow to love God with all your heart, soul and mind, which in turn leads you to love your neighbor as yourself. The fruit of personal growth through corporate worship and smaller groups always blossoms in becoming a blessing to one’s neighbor. As part of the local church we are called to engage, to go and be the hands and feet of Jesus outside the doors of the church, both near and far.
Acts 2:42-47 paints a beautiful picture of an early group of Christ followers who were intentional in how they grew in community:
“They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.”
It is our prayer that SMC can faithfully provide these three environments for connection and growth—explore, experience & engage—so that you can find the best, next step on your spiritual journey with Jesus as part of the local body of Christ at SMC.