Attending a church for the first time can be intimidating. “Will they accept
me?… I know very little about the Bible… I think God exists, but I have my
doubts”. We get all that! So, here are a few thoughts that might help break the ice.
At Beaver Dam, we are all on a journey. As we travel this road called life most of us struggle with this internal feeling knowing that, “I have the potential to be more!” With that idea in focus, we strive to create a come-as-you-are culture: a place where people are authentic and accepting. We welcome each individual wherever they may find themselves on their journey.
Being real about ourselves, our lives, and even our "junk" (let's face it, we've all got it!) is where it starts. Not only do we strive for acceptance but we also desire Beaver Dam to be a place of growth for each person. We are striving to become the people God has created us to be. Wherever "here" is for you in your journey, we hope to walk along side of you to get "there" and beyond!
So here's where all this is going: God is for you. In our world of job reviews, Monday morning quarterbacking, TV vote-to-win competitions, and talking heads, it's hard to believe that someone loves you simply because you're you. But we find that until we grasp that God is for us (He is good, loves us, wants only the best for us…), we will be very prone to running and hiding, never feeling like we measure up.
We get that in a world filled with evil, suffering, pain and abandonment it is hard to embrace a good God who is in control of life. Doubt is ok, and even welcome as an inevitable part of the journey with God. Alfred Lord Tennyson said it well, “There lives more faith in honest doubt than in half the creeds.”
So should you decide to give us a shot - a warm welcome awaits you! You most likely won't find a "perfect" church - and definitely no perfect people - but hopefully you'll find a place to grow.