Take the Step

There is a common perception when it comes to relationships that opposites attract, and while there's an exception to every rule, I do think this plays out much of the time. While my wife Kathy and I are on the same page about most things we are still very different, even opposite in some ways. For example, Kathy enjoys large gatherings, entertaining people and she is very hospitable, some would say she has the “gift of hospitality” while I on the other hand would prefer a more intimate scenario with a few close friends. You can imagine how this difference impacts how we plan our weekends; she gets energized by preparing for a big crowd while I get my battery recharged by being alone with a coffee and a good book. In fact, in Seminary I completed a Psychological Assessment that indicated that I might have a tendency to be anti-social. Not a good trait for a pastor I suppose.

Here's the point. Neither of our preferences will do much for us in terms of getting connected with other people. Of course if I am alone reading, I am not enjoying any other relationship; but being in a large crowd ,say, like attending one of our morning services at Connexus is no better for connecting with other people in a meaningful way. We can feel very alone even in a room filled with people.

At Connexus we believe small groups offer a place for each one of us to interact with people in a way that helps us grow; grow in our relationship with God, with other believers and those who are not yet Christians. That's why every environment on Sunday from our youngest children through to our teenagers have small groups built right into them. But what about our adults? On Sunday mornings we are typically in a service which means we are enjoying great music and a practical, relevant message, but what about small groups? How do we connect with one another?

This Sunday, Sept 26 in Barrie (Oct 3 in Orillia) we are offering what we call GroupLink; a 2-hour event designed to help you get better acquainted with others and connect with a small group of people who you can get to know; know in a way not possible if you remain part of a crowd or in isolation. Maybe you're been attending Connexus since the doors first opened but until now, Sunday mornings are all you know; maybe it's time to take the next step. Perhaps you're relatively new to Connexus but still not sure how to enjoy community with other people; maybe it's time to come to GroupLink.

Maybe you like large crowds, the biggest party or maybe you prefer a quiet evening alone. Either way, you are missing out on the benefit of spending time with people in a fun, relaxed environment where you can share life together, study the Bible together, pray together and feel you are part of a community that really cares for you.  Take the step; plan to attend one of our GroupLink events; I hope to see you there!




  1. lamb says, September 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    great pitch dan
    where do people go to get the info
    on where the group link is happening?
    what time is this two hour time slot occuring?
    and how about a little explanation on what newbies might
    encounter when they show…
    what happens over the two hour time slot?
    [plug the food aspect for the guys!! :)]
    always a good idea to give people all the info in one place
    so it gets reinforced every time they are exposed…
    so glad connexus is connecting us
    take prayer
    love you

  2. Dan says, September 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Lamb,
    Good comments. If people have been attending Sunday services recently they hopefully have been given details about GroupLink.

    But for any who don’t know, this Sunday Sept 26 we are meeting at Fendley Hall on Bryne Dr in Barrie, at 7pm. There will be refreshments and a casual atmosphere where people can meet others including some Connexus staff and small group leaders.

    Should be a great evening!

  3. justin says, September 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Also, we always make sure that we profile Grouplink and other event details on our website. When in doubt, have a peek around. We’ve redesigned it to make it easier to use.


    Here is the Grouplink Specific page:


    And you can also check out all upcoming events for your specific campus under the “I’m New” tab at the top of our website. Hope that helps!

  4. Dan says, September 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Hey Justin,
    Thanks for sharing the links, I appreciate it.

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