By Justin Rossow

Who’s on your rope?

That’s a question we’ve been asking around here for a couple of years now. Who shares life and faith with you to the extent that if you stumble and fall, they can pick you up? Whose life do you share enough to know if they fall down, and what it takes to pick them back up?

Who’s on your rope?

Ecclesiastes 4 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” It’s almost as if the journey of faith were a mountain climbing expedition: for everyone’s safety you are all connected to each other. At any moment you might be called on to rescue–or be rescued by–one of your fellow travelers.

So who’s on your rope?

St. Luke Lutheran Church is moving toward better ways of communicating and helping our people find a sense of togetherness and belonging. We want you to know the people around you in worship. We want you to serve with the people around you in worship. We want you to have the kinds of tools that help foster communication and shared journey.

We want you to have someone on your rope.

That’s why we are introducing new communication software to help us support the kind of relationships that create a sense of belonging.

The new online software is simply called Connect–a good description of what we hope it does for our faith community. If you want to feel better connected to the people at your church, if you want to have a better sense of what is going on and when, if you want to find a sense of belonging in your faith walk, then Connect is a great next step.

Staff and lay leaders have already been preparing the way for everyone in our congregation to get up and running as smoothly as possible. There will certainly be some bumps along the way, but as we take this step together, we are confident that improved communication will help everyone feel better connected and better supported in our common journey of faith.

Read about how to get around Connect.

Read about how to set up your profile and privacy settings in Connect.

Read about getting connected with Groups in Connect.

The sermon below picks up on the theme of being “on the same rope” in this discipleship journey. It’s been a couple of years, but the basic message still applies: God never intended us to go it alone as disciples; He works in and through relationships with other followers of Jesus. The goal of the Connect software is to create the communications environment that lets those kind of discipling relationships flourish.