We have now been to dinner with most everyone in the church and we've truly enjoyed getting to know folks and their past histories (how couples met, about their families, how they found their way to Cornerstone, etc.). As we serve together both in and out of the church this information will help even more to build our relationships and make friends.
My wife began the women's ministry last week and had a great turn-out. She has plenty of experience in this area and is very excited about her role. They will be concentrating on building up and encouraging the women as well as partnering with the overall strategy of outreach for the church.
In the coming weeks my plan is to meet with each SS Leader in their home to further discuss our overall direction, curriculum selection, strategies for reaching out to visitors, and discovering new prospects. Another concept I will seek to further explain is the need for "open" classes. Furthermore, I will be seeking input on how I might best assist them in this ministry.
It is already clear that we need two more classes; a young men's class and a young ladies' class, so I will begin praying to see if those leaders might already be in the church.