B.E.L.O.N.G.ing revisited

We have had several requests for a repost of our B.E.L.O.N.G. strategy. For future reference you can find all our posts categorized in the far right hand column of our blog. Click on the category and see every post associated with that particular category. Thanks for your feedback and desire to learn with us.
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repost of B.E.L.O.N.G. strategy developed by Pastor Kerry while on staff at Saddleback Church.

While serving at Saddleback Church over the past couple of years I developed a simple way of helping people take their next steps in church life. I call it B.E.L.O.N.G.

It is the road map I developed for Saddleback Church’s 1st base of Membership. See also an article I published in the Ministry Toolbox of Pastors.com on the same topic.

As it relates to STS and our 4 C’s this is the “COMMUNITY” piece.

B.E.L.O.N.G. is your road map to discovering a life of purpose through biblical community.

Become a follower of Jesus Christ through salvation and baptism.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:41)

Next step: Get persons into a new believer mentoring relationship or class and move them to baptism.

Embrace a life of purpose through the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

“’Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. ‘And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:36-40)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Next step: Get people involved in a mentoring relationship and/or class on “membership”.

Live life together in the context of a small group.

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

Next step: Help people see that doing life in the context of Sunday School and/or Small Group is the key to being healthy and balanced in life.

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ffer your time and resources to others.


“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Next step: Help people see that they don’t have to be theologians to serve others. Serving others is a key step in being healthy. Serve early and often.

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urture relationships within the community by sharing your faith in Christ.


“In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Next step: Assist persons in sharing their faith in community through relationships. (family, neighbor, co-worker, colleague, and classmate)

Grow in spiritual health.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31)

Next step: Assist people in take their spiritual next steps. (bible reading, daily devotion, prayer, and worship)

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