Community is…

What is community?

I claim to live in community.

I write about it.

I tell people how important living in good community is.

Even still, I am left wondering how I would define and explain community.

If community is important we need to know what it means to live in community.

Recently I tweeted and asked people to complete the statement “Community is…” 

The responses were great.

Community is…

“unity through communication and practicing unconditional love” -Lauren Wojcik

“intentional, not haphazard” -Tim Fritson

“the lifeblood of living out the Gospel” -Mike Solak

“formed when all the individuals’ eyes are directed towards the Lord” -Jordan Abourjilie

“where you feel most comfortable” -Alex Fields

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What’s Your Mission

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Recently, the church Jordan and I attend held a baptism service. Those getting baptized stood in front of the church body and proclaimed their belief and trust in Jesus. It was a very profound moment in their lives and in the lives of onlookers.

Christian or not, I think we can all learn a lot from this act of public proclamation. How often in life do we stand up and say, “This is what I believe in. This is what I stand for.” My guess is that most of you, like me, don’t do this very often if ever. Sometimes we’re concerned that we’ll step on someone’s toes or be rejected for saying what we really believe.

That fact remains though, healthy community is missional and mission requires leaders to stand up and say this is what I believe in and this is what my community works toward.

Yes, some people might not agree with what you believe. They might even leave your community but community must have mission otherwise it’s just a group of people wandering.

Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying we need to get political or purposely ostracize people around us. I’m actually saying quite the opposite. Be forthright with others and tell them what you believe. Put your cards on the table. Be open. Be honest.

In the coming weeks and months we hope to spell this out with each post. We want to outline the pilliars of community and continue the conversation as to what it means to cultivate healthy, flourishing community.

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A theme in my life for the last few months has been change. Clearly that’s true about everyone’s life, but this change has been significant. I’ve moved. Quit a job and taken a new one. The list goes on and on.

Election day is a steady reminder that we need change. I’m learning what it means to be a person that’s okay with change. It’s a tough process for me but it has been incredibly fruitful these last few months.

Jordan and I are working through change right now. There is a lot of that coming in the not so distant future including changes to this blog but for today let me leave you with a few questions to think about.

  • Where are you resisting change in your life and community?
  • What are the consequences (good and bad) of the impending change in your life?
  • What is motivating or initiating change?
  • Do you need to force change somewhere for the good of your community?

Comment and share your thoughts. Ask us questions. Let’s have a conversation.

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