—by Megan Goodwin, CCC member
Let me begin by saying I am definitely an introvert. I like people and interacting in small groups, but I will never be the one to stand up and speak at church, or sing with the music team (probably best for everyone). Despite that, I want to share how much I have been blessed and convicted by the outreach of the members of Christ Community Church. Their dedication to building the church community and connecting with me personally has changed my mind set over the past year.
A recent 6TEN email had the verse Ecclesiastes 4:12—“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not easily broken.” After college and marriage we moved to Nashville and joined a church. The teaching was biblically sound, the music was beautiful, and…the church was huge, well over 1,000 members and multiple services. Though there were many ways I could have (and should have) become involved and served the church, it was so easy to just slip in and out and go home. I wanted to just operate alone. I wasn’t engaging in my church community, I wasn’t using my gifts, and it was so obvious that I wasn’t making serving God my priority.
Craig’s work brought us to Chapel Hill, and it just so happened that a visit to the dentist (Dr. West!) came with an invitation to visit his church. The first good sign—members who are eager to share their church with you! As we continued to visit CCC over the next several months, we were met with such an outpouring of love that it was overwhelming. We both were invited to participate in Bible studies. My son Matthew was welcomed into the children’s ministry with open arms where the leaders learned about his personality and helped him participate in class, Easter and Christmas events, and play dates. When my daughter was born, I declined a baby shower (introvert’s nightmare!), so instead no fewer than ten ladies, some of whom I didn’t even know, showed up at my home with delicious meals to get us through the first several weeks. This is the first church I’ve attended where I’ve received personal communication from the pastor just to say he’s praying for my family. The staff and members of CCC met us where we were, and it has truly been a humbling experience for me. I even said to Craig early on in our time at CCC, “These people are relentless!” What a gift to us, to be relentlessly pursued by a congregation intent on bringing believers into the fold and glorifying God.
This leaves me with a lot of work to do. Having been on the receiving end of so much kindness, it’s important that I also find ways to reach out to others who might need the same grace that I was given. I don’t have to stand up and sing (and I won’t—there are others much better suited for that!), but I can take a meal to a new mom. I can help serve in the nursery. God loves to see the church working together to glorify Him, and I know He has called me to be an active part of the church.