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Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)

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General

  • What denomination is this?
     We are an independent church affiliated with the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana.
  • I do not believe in God. Am I still welcome here?
     Yes, you are absolutely welcome. We do expect you to be open to exploring your questions about God and wrestling with what you find.
  • How should I dress?
     We want you to be comfortable when you come to church because we believe that God wants you to come just as you are. If you like wearing a suit and tie, great! But if shorts and flip-flops are more your style, that's great, too! Whatever you do, don't let something trivial like clothes keep you from being a part of a church.
  • Is this church kid-friendly?
    Absolutely! We have environments for all kids, from birth to high school. We believe that families are the building blocks of great neighborhoods and communities, so we want to do our part to help develop families and keep them strong.
  • Who's funding all the stuff you do here?
    It's the generosity of the people in our church community that allows us to operate. Our support comes from donations from average people just like you who support the efforts of Kettering Church. 
  • How often do you talk about money in your church?
    We believe that giving is an important part of a Christ-follower's spiritual growth. With this in mind, we do talk about giving, and we put a special emphasis on it a few times each year. It is mentioned ocasionally in talks throughout the year, and there are those occasions when we collect funds for special items or events. However, we believe it is a personal decision, and personal covenant between you and God. We feel so strongly about this that we don't "pass the plate", but rather, we use collection boxes. It is our belief that people should give of their own desire rather than give out of pressure or obligation. 

    2 Corinthians 9:7
    Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  • Are you a "traditional" or a "contemporary" church?
    We don't really like to use labels like these to describe our church, but we understand that people often identify their preferences with one of these labels. We would describe ourselves as laid-back and casual and relevant to our society. The environment is very casual and welcoming, and our approach to people is that of love and acceptance rather than condemnation.

    With this is mind, I suppose many people would classify us a "contemporary" church with our casual dress and our "modern" music. However we may be labeled, our goal is to be effective as we seek to build the kingdom of God one soul at a time.

Host Info

  • What is the purpose of The Gathering?
    It almost seems too simple, but the mission of The Gathering is ...

    to gather in small groups to share a meal and time of connection.
  • What are the responsibilities of a host/host family?

    Invite others to be a part of The Gathering hosted at your home. We want this be as easy as possible, and we want to make sure every person interested in being a part of The Gathering gets invited to one. So, we will assist each host/host family with developing a guest list and with invitation and promotional resources. If you are not comfortable inviting someone you do not know well to your home, perhaps hosting is not right for you, and a better option may be to join another gathering as a participant. 

    Coordinate plans for the meal at your gathering. We do not want the host/host family to shoulder this burden alone. The Gathering is designed to foster connection, and we want each participant to be a part of the process, not just the finished product. 

    Plan an intentional time of social interaction to help participants get to know each other. This can be some type of fun group game or just a time to sit and talk together. The primary idea is to interact and connect with each other. In many cases this will happen during the meal, but in some cases, people will eat in different areas of the home, so it will be important to gather everyone for a time of interaction.

    Complete a host evaluation form to help us make The Gathering as good as it can be.
  • How many people will be a part of each gathering?
    We would like gatherings to be limited to eight adults and six adults when families include children. This will keep the groups small enough to be manageable and allow for a more intimate setting for conversation to take place. This will also allow for those with smaller homes to be involved as hosts/host families.
  • How will the church assist hosts in developing a guest list?
    Members of the church staff will work with hosts to choose participants for their individual gatherings. A master list of particpants will be compiled based on individuals/families who sign up be a part of The Gathering, and this list will help us make sure that all particpants get invited to be a part of a gathering. 

    We will not choose the guest list for the host, as we want the process to be as organic as possibleWe will simply assist in the process.
  • Can I invite people who are not members of Kettering Church to the gathering at my home?
    It would be easy to answer this question with a simple "Yes" or "No". However, we want The Gathering to be organic, yet effective in helping our church get closer connected as a body. With this in mind, we would like to talk individually with hosts/host families about inviting non-members to gatherings. We are not trying to be exclusive, we simply want to guard the mission of The Gathering, and we feel it's best to talk with each host and evaluate their guest list prior to inviting those who do not attend Kettering Church.
  • If I sign up to host multiple gatherings, will the participants be the same at each gathering?
    Not necessarily. The goal of The Gathering is to help our church family get better connected to each other. We want you to have the opportunity to interact and connect with multiple people. We know that you will not have an intimate connection with everyone, so interaction with more families will help you decide who to work with when small groups begin in the future.
  • What time will the individual gatherings take place?
    We want The Gathering to be as accessible as possible, yet still happen on the same day. To accomplish this, each host family can work with their participants to decide if breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner works best for them. We have no preference, only that groups gather for a meal and share a time of interaction and connection. 
  • How long should each gathering last?
    There is no specific time limit for each gathering. However, we feel that a minimum of two hours is required to share a meal and some time for personal interaction and connection.
  • Will children be a part of The Gathering?
    Absolutely. We want parents to connect and interact as well as children. The Gathering is designed to help us with the small group ministry coming soon. These interactions are very important in the prcoess of preparing you and your participants for potential small group life in the future. We feel it is very important for families to benefit from the wisdom and experience from others, so we will work with each host to mix things up a bit as they develop their guest list.

    If you would rather host a gathering without children, please let us know, and we will work with you to develop a guest list without children.

Participant Info

  • What is the purpose of the Gathering?
    It almost seems too simple, but the mission of The Gathering is ...

    to gather in small groups to share a meal and time of connection.
  • What are the responsibilities of a participant?
    Just show up. OK, not really. That's definitely part of the responsibilites, but in addition to just showing up, we need you to be willing to "participate" in the event, thus the term "participant".

    Work with your host/host family in developing the plan for the meal and be willing to bring a part of the meal to share. Also, be active during the social time at your gathering. We know some people are more shy and introverted than others, but gatherings will be much more successful when everyone participates.

    Be willing to help your host/host family clean up after the meal. This should go without saying, but we have learned that not everyone comes by this naturally, so we are including it here.

    Complete a participant evaluation form to help us make The Gathering as good as it can be.
  • How many people will be a part of each gathering
    We would like gatherings to be limited to eight adults and six adults when families include children. This will keep the groups small enough to be manageable and allow for a more intimate setting for conversation to take place. This will also allow for those with smaller homes to be involved as hosts/host families.
  • If I sign up to participate in multiple gatherings, will I be with the same host/host family each time?
    Not necessarily. The goal of The Gathering is to help our church family get better connected to each other. We want you to have the opportunity to interact and connect with multiple people. We know that you will not have an intimate connection with everyone, so interaction with more families will help you decide who to work with when small groups begin in the future.
  • What time will the individual gatherings take place?
    We want The Gathering to be as accessible as possible, yet still happen on the same day. To accomplish this, each host family can work with their participants to decide if breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner works best for them. We have no preference, only that groups gather for a meal and share a time of interaction and connection.
  • How long will each gathering last?
    There is no specific time limit for each gathering. However, we feel that a minimum of two hours is required to share a meal and some time for personal interaction and connection
  • Are my children welcome to be a part of The Gathering?
    Absolutely. We want parents to connect and interact as well as children. The Gathering is designed to help us with the small group ministry coming soon. These interactions are very important in the prcoess of preparing you and your host for potential small group life and activity in the future.