As I continued to ponder the answer to the question, “How?”, I finally came to the point that it had to start on an individual by individual basis of casting a vision of what community could (and ought) to be, getting people excited about it and then brainstorming/working together to figure out how it practically works out. But how do you even start with that? My thoughts naturally went to community groups (our church’s name for small groups or mini-churches or home groups, etc). If transformation is going to ripple through our church, that’s where it will start. After all, “community” is in the title, right? But part of what I see right now is that community group really means Bible study group. Not that some groups aren’t growing deeper in relationship, but I don’t sense they are intentionally striving to be community.
Which then begs the question of what would it look like on a practical level to be community? So, here’s what I thought about. Keep in mind that I am not trying to propose anything…especially not a program. It just helps me to categorize my thoughts. And, well, it just so happens most of them start with the same letter.
Serving one another
Struggling and Celebrating
To avoid having a super long post, I’ll probably take the next few days and post more detail on each of these points. At least now you know where my thinking is headed, though.
These are just some initial thoughts. I’m realizing I have a deep passion for this topic, and I’m excited about being a change agent in my local church.
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