When you visit a church, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to go about becoming better connected with that church. Below, we offer steps we believe will help you go from first-time guest to fully invested.

1. The Bethel Challenge

We recommend that if you’re “checking out” churches, you come to Bethel five consecutive Sundays. This will allow you to get a real feel for the church family and help you decide whether Bethel might be your church home. A single Sunday is only a very small look at who a church is; five Sundays provide a much fuller picture of the church, not only regarding what worship looks like, but what the church is about.

2. Come to Lunch

The Newcomers Luncheon is precisely for people who are new to Bethel. It offers them the chance to meet members of our pastoral staff and church leadership, while enjoying lunch together. The Newcomers Luncheon is held in January, April and October. Watch the bulletin to see when you should sign up.

3. Join an Adult Bible Fellowship

Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) are akin to Sunday School classes. They provide you with the opportunity to meet and interact with other Bethel people in a more personal setting, while engaging in Bible studies and discussions. To learn more about the current ABFs available visit For Adults on our Ministries page. You can also find out what’s available for kids and students.

4. Serve in Ministry Groups

Serving gives you a chance to rub elbows with others. It allows you to live out God’s expectation for you to use your gifts and talents to build up the church. To find out about serving opportunities available, visit Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Bethel Teams, and Worship Arts. Don’t see anything which seems to fit you? Make an appointment with Pastor Kento discuss ways you think you might serve.

5. Become a member

We believe membership is an important step people should take because it signifies commitment. It means you believe that God has brought you here not to occupy a seat, but to be part of what He’s doing in and through the church. It also means you’re committing yourself to the family of believers who call Bethel home. If you are interested in becoming a member of Bethel, visit Become a Member and download the application. Please note that in order to be considered for membership, you must have placed your faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord, and have been baptized by immersion.
Hopefully, you will find these steps useful as you seek to connect more deeply with Bethel. If you have questions, please contact the church office at 517.787.8612 or email secretary@betheljackson.org.