by: Jonathan Adams | May 21, 2017
In the 2004 Summer Olympics the United States had a phenomenal track team. They had some of the fastest runners in the world at the time and easily made it to the final of the 4x100m men’s relay. Team USA ended up losing that relay by one one-hundredth of a second to Great Britain. Team USA was faster on paper and was favored to win but they didn’t execute their handoffs and it cost them the gold.
Darvis Patton, who ran in qualifying on that relay team said, “We had four of the fastest guys in the world, three guys who go 9.8 and a guy who goes 9.9 and we only managed a 38.08 to get second, Great Britain, I think their fastest guy ran like 10.1 that year but they managed to get gold with great handoffs.”
Team USA had a handoff that brought them almost to a halt, and another handoff where one guy stepped on the others shoe and tore a hole in it. This led to an upset by one one-hundredth of a second. Handoffs Matter.
In the same way that the second, third, and final legs of a relay race are just as important as the first, your next step in your spiritual journey is just as important as your previous step.
At First Baptist Orlando, we know how challenging it can be to discover that next step, and how much courage it often requires to take it.
That’s why we don’t want to simply wish you good luck and hope you get connected with our church. We want to come along side you and help you engage in a meaningful way to a ministry that’s going to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus. Because Handoffs Matter.
New Grocery Stores
I’ve always disliked the experience of going to a new grocery store. I walk inside and nothing is familiar. The chips and sodas are where I expect the produce to be, and maybe they don’t even have a deli section, which is a recipe for anarchy if you ask me, but I digress. It is frustrating to wander aimlessly up and down aisles when you are used to knowing exactly where to go. It is these moments when I need help navigating to my destination. Without helpful signs and an attentive staff a quick trip to the store can turn into a nightmare in a hurry.
Just like going to a new grocery store, trying out a new church can be challenging experience. Just like grocery stores churches can be very similar and very different at the same time. We understand that, and we want to be able to help you get connected and discover your next step.
That’s why we have made it our mission to make each transition for you as smooth as possible.
Getting Connected at First Baptist Orlando
At First Baptist Orlando, we want so much more for you than to simply enjoy sitting in a service for an hour a week. We want you to be connected. We want you to experience what is like to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Most importantly, we want to help you grow closer to God.
At a church as big as ours, there are a lot of ways to get connected, below are 3 great starting places that will help make your transition smoother:
1. If you’re new to First Baptist, we want to invite you to stop by one of our Blue Tents on the weekend, where we have a gift for you and your family and our Guest Services Volunteers can help you find seats, answer any questions you may have, and even assist you with checking in children to our Kids Ministry (so you can enjoy a distraction free environment during the service).
2. If you’re a new guest at our church and want to learn more about us, we have an event designed with you in mind called Discover First Orlando. You’ll be able to learn about our church, meet some of our pastors, ask questions, and find a way you can get connected.
3. Maybe you’ve been attending our services for a while and you want to take the next step. That may be getting involved in a Life Group, joining one of our serve teams, or giving for the first time. Whatever that next step looks like for you, we want to help you take it. Just stop by one of our Welcome Centers after the service, and our team of volunteers will help you get connected to whatever is next for you.
Come find out for yourself!
If you have never been to our church before the first thing you should know about us is that we deeply believe “All People Matter to God”, and we would love to have the chance to show you what that looks like.
You can join us at one of our 4 weekend services: Saturday at 5:30pm, or Sunday at 8:30am, 10:00am, or 11:30am.
Author: Jonathan Adams