Stay engaged in daily life and ministry with CenterPoint on The City.
The City is not just our main hub of information and communication (although it is!), it's about connecting people in real-life relationships. We describe it as a group-oriented social network that's all about helping our church build deeper community and extend the love of Christ to the world. Have some questions? Check out our FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
Here's a fictional account of "Buddy" who has been a part of CenterPoint for the past year and is looking to join The City:
In "real life" at CenterPoint Buddy is a member of a Community Group. He serves on Sunday Mornings with the KidZone. And he is also interested in learning about opportunities to participate in some outdoor activities.
Buddy would create his account by going to centerpointchurch.onthecity.org/kiosk and then follow the instructions he is given. Once he activated his account he would join his community group in The City. Then he could join his KidZone service team and find the Great Outdoors! group.
In his Community Group on The City, he would find opportunities to interact with the other members of his group in a private and convenient way. The group can share prayer requests, plan their next outing, put together a service opportunity, or update each other about a need they may have.
In his KidZone Service Team he would be able to see the schedule of upcoming activities and dates to plan for. He could communicate a need or pass along an encouraging story to the other members of the team. This also allows him to stay in the loop on all the important information that the KidZone leadership wants to pass along.
In the Great Outdoors! group Buddy will have the opportunity to plan or hear about upcoming day hikes, kayaking adventures, or whatever other outdoor events that come along!
We hope you will see the benefits of joining The City. Below we have listed a few answers to some of the questions you may be asking... If you have other questions, please let us know!
How do I get into The City?
Follow these five simple steps to activate your account:
1. Stop by the City Kiosk in the Commons or follow this link here.
2. Enter your email address.
3. Check your email inbox and follow the link in your confirmation email.
4. Enter your name and confirm your email address.
5. Log in and set up your notifications preferences.
How much control do I have over email notifications?
One of the great features of The City is your control over notifications. You can receive a "daily digest" which would give you a recap of the activity in your group from that day (if there was any). Another option is to receive an immediate update any time something new is posted. Or you can receive a notification when anything at all is posted in your group (i.e. a new event, a comment on a topic, etc.). You can adjust your individual settings for each group that you are a part of.
Is my information safe?
Simply stated, "Yes!" Beyond the fact that you only make available whatever information you want to share, The City is a secure site open only to the people in our CenterPoint family.
Is The City just Facebook for the church?
To state it simply, No. We believe "The City" has a far greater capacity to help us engage in the life at CenterPoint. One of the distinct differences is that "The City" is designed to connect groups and teams that exist in real-life. To share important information, plan activities and events, get involved in service opportunities, and extend God's love to the world.
Why would I want to join "The City"?
First, let's set the backdrop of the world we live in. Life is pulling us in many directions. As a result of geography and schedules we don't get to interact with other people at CenterPoint everyday. The City provides an opportunity to extend group and team relationships while we're apart. One of the main benefits we see is an increased ability to connect with each other.
The other main benefit is that it will help you know what's going on with more clarity and efficiency. While we have endless opportunities and means to pass along information, the important information for you can get lost in the "noise" of other less pertinent information. In other words, what you want to know may not be what everyone else needs to know! As you join the groups and teams on The City that you are already a part of in real-life, you will decide when and how much information you receive from those groups.