Meet Katie from Woodbury.
My faith story isn’t unlike many others. I grew up with God-loving parents, attended church on a regular basis, and was raised knowing the core beliefs that made one a Christian. I decided to follow Jesus when I was a child, not fully comprehending the magnitude of my decision. As I got older, my faith fell to the back burner. I never doubted the existence of God, but I had trouble feeling his presence.
I attended church every Sunday, more out of habit than a desire to engage in Christian fellowship. I began to lose confidence in myself and my faith.
Once I graduated from college, I moved away from home to start my first full-time job. I was incredibly blessed that summer; God brought a wonderful Christian friend into my life. She invited me to visit Eagle Brook. When I attended with her, for the first time in a long time I could feel God’s presence. For so long, church had merely been a weekly “Christian duty.” God began to be more real to me than he ever had before.
I wish I could say that I started regularly attending church right away, but that wasn’t the case. Trying to find a new church home was daunting. My friend urged me to check out Connect Groups at Eagle Brook with her, thinking it would make the process seem less overwhelming. She was right. While I didn’t walk away from Connect Groups with a small group, I walked away with a few more Christian friends and a feeling that I belonged.
I’m happy to say that I now attend Eagle Brook every Sunday, and it’s not just a habit, it’s a necessity. I still make mistakes, but God is working on me each and every day, making me over to be more like Him.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)