The Porch: The Place to Connect

What Is The Porch?

We are so glad you are interested in both choosing Carmel as your church family and enriching your life in Christ! If you have questions about getting connected at Carmel, a relationship with Jesus Christ or baptism, please stop by The Porch in the Gathering Space (right outside the Worship Center) and a Carmel representative will help you with any of the above. Here are some questions to consider as you decide your next step:


New to Carmel? “The Bridge” is for you!

Want to know more about who we are as a church? Thinking of joining a Discipleship Community? The Bridge is the place for you!

Connections Pastor Josh Fairbaugh provides a weekly informal conversation geared to your questions about the beliefs and mission of Carmel and the opportunities for connecting to a Discipleship Community. Come any Sunday at 11:00am. No sign-up is required.

The Bridge is located in the back of the Media Center at 11:00am. Easy access to that area can be found near the elevator banks on the first floor. Look for the signs. 

Have you connected to Christ as your Savior?

Everyone’s greatest need is the forgiveness of sin and restoration of a relationship with the one True God. Through Jesus Christ, God has provided the only way to salvation. By turning from sin and trusting in Christ, a person receives the gift from God of forgiveness and restoration of relationship. If you have questions about God’s offer of salvation, please see one of the volunteer at The Porch or contact us by email at .


Have you connected to Christ in community?

We were not created to walk alone in our Christian life. God designed us to connect with others and follow Christ together. One of the best ways to get connected at Carmel is through our Discipleship Communities (DCs). These groups, which meet on Sunday mornings, help equip you to live an abundant life in Christ. You can view a listing of our Discipleship Communities here, talk with a Carmel representative at The Porch or email  for more information. 


Have you identified with Christ in Baptism?

After you accept Christ as Savior, God wants you to grow in your relationship with Him. Following Jesus in believer's baptism is an important next step of identifying with Christ. For details on what we mean by Believer's Baptism, click here. If you would like to speak to someone about baptism, please visit The Porch to talk with a Carmel representative about your decision to be baptized. 

We celebrate the ordinance of baptism on the last Sunday of each month. If you are ready to be baptized and have spoken with a pastor or Carmel representative at The Porch, then you will be contacted by email with baptism registration information. If you have any questions please email us at .


Have you decided to connect with Carmel through Church Membership?

Membership at Carmel is the opportunity to connect to others on our mission to make disciples of those Nearest, our Neighbors, and the Nations. Members help each other walk daily with Christ through encouragement and support. Members:

  • Worship together regularly with the Carmel family
  • Participate in a Discipleship Community
  • Pray for the Church and the leaders
  • Serve according to the leading and gifting of the Holy Spirit
  • Invest in the ministry by giving and living generously.

New Member Class

A three-session class that familiarizes new members with the mission and vision of Carmel, and provides opportunities to connect to various ministries of the church. The class is designed for those who want to commit to membership at Carmel. If you would like to learn more about Carmel before committing to membership, visit The Porch for more details and to register for an upcoming class. (offered 7 times a year). Pre-registration is required.

FALL 2018 Classes

  • September 9, 16, 23 @ 11:00am
  • October 7, 14, 21 @ 9:30am
  • November 4, 11, 18 @ 11:00am

If you wish to become a Carmel member, please stop by The Porch on Sunday Mornings in the Gathering Space and speak to a member of our Connections Team or email us at .