Next Steps

Next Steps

Lakewood exists to BRING others to a vital relationship with Jesus, equipping them to BUILD in knowledge and discipline, and to SEND them out in loving service to others.

It can be overwhelming to get involved in a church. We’re here to make that process easier for you! Whether you’re looking to meet some people, figure out where to plug in, or to find out more about Jesus or Lakewood UMC — taking a next step doesn’t have to be intimidating.

Lakewood Next Steps will help you… 

  • Connect with our vision, culture, people & leaders. – To help people get a better understanding of the culture of Lakewood and connect to God and others through worship and friendships.
  • Connect with a great small group. – God designed us to live out our spiritual journeys together in community. Growing as a believer in Christ is a lifelong process that’s meant to be experienced in community with others.
  • Connect with high impact, meaningful areas of service & outreach. – To help people discern where God can use their gifts, talents, temperament and passions to serve the church, our community and the world.

Pizza with the Pastor

So, you’ve been coming to worship for a while and are wondering “what now?”.  Glad you asked! We’d like to invite you to “Pizza with the Pastor” which is your First Step. You’ll learn  Lakewood’s history, mission, and vision, and we’ll learn a little bit about each other! You then have the option of taking the “Next Step” toward partnership with Lakewood by attending the Connection class..  


Maybe you are ready to get involved at Lakewood Church. This two-hour class will orient you to Lakewood’s history, mission, and vision. You will become familiar with our organizational structure and ministry programs, as well as our basic beliefs and values.


Discover your passions, personality type and spiritual gifting as we explore how your unique design can be used in meaningful areas of service. In preparation for this class, please complete our Spiritual Gifts Inventory. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts This online tool is provided free by Lakewood Church. You may discover gifts you didn’t know existed! Here are a couple more tests that could help us help you… Enneagram DISC Profile whether it’s by joining a ministry team or getting involved in…


PARTNERING Partnership (membership) is about more than just attending church each week, it’s about being part of a family. If you are interested in church partnership at Lakewood, and have attended a Pizza with the Pastor and a Connecting Class, sign up for our next Partnering class. We’ll explore the importance of living our faith through generosity, inviting and sharing our faith as well as supporting the mission of Lakewood. If you are interested in church partnership at Lakewood, please…