Church Experience #9 – Feb. 27, 2011
Bridge Christian Church, Chattanooga, TN
Networking for Church
One of the things I enjoy most in life is meeting new people. In business, I’m an avid networker. I seek out and get involved in various meetings, groups, organizations, social circles, etc. on a regular basis. My opinion is that the more people I know or know of, the better. I feel that in some way, maybe I’m increasing the odds of meeting someone who could make a substantial impact on my life (or I on theirs), that I would otherwise miss if I didn’t get out there and network. [For all you psychologists out there, maybe that’s why I felt the need to begin the ChurchSurfer project…it’s my spiritual networking.] This thought of increasing the odds of making a meaningful connection definitely proved to be true in the instance of discovering Bridge Christian Church…had I (and they) not been involved in networking, it may never have happened. The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce morning networking events I attend always include “self introduction” time where they pass the microphone around the room so everyone can announce their name and business. At one event, I heard an introduction from someone followed by a church name…Bridge Christian Church. I was instantly intrigued. I had never seen a church come to a business networking event and I knew I needed to meet this person immediately. It turns out the person was Scottie Blackburn, Community Pastor at Bridge, which is a four month old church. Cool! A new angle for a ChurchSurfer article…exploring the beginnings of a baby church.