You know the type of congregation, have at least visited one. You go in, worship, go out, and there may be a bit of hello and a smidgen of banter, but nobody really knows anybody. The church isn’t really a family, a cohesive group, but a collection of individuals who come together for an hour or two a couple of times a week and who then go on their way.

Whether it be a new church, to prevent it from becoming like the description above, or whether it be a church dead in its relationships, the question is this: How can a congregation be a true community?

Please don’t say by loving each other more. That’s a nice, stock answer, and of course absolutely true, but what does that love look like? How does it act? What are the specific, repetitive actions to be taken to make love a practice? What are specific strategies to implement?

Since Jesus said that we will be known in the world by our mutual love, it seems appropriate to consider how to better express it and encourage it among us.

Do we need this kind of conversation? Is it enough of a problem or challenge among us that time devoted to it is well spent?

At least, in a world where people are further apart than ever, where politics is more divisive than ever, where viewpoints and visions clash more intensely than ever, How can a congregation be a true community?

What say  you?

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5 thoughts on “How can the church be a true community?

  1. Good quesiton. I think one way is to involve eachother in our lives outside of the church services and also make plans to serve God together such as mission trips, door-kncocking, etc. Present ourselves as a team/family to others and it goes a long way in creating closeness. One way to create tighter bonds is to create memories…after all, that’s what families have about eachother.

    Have a great day brother.

    • Eugene, you’ve seemed to hit a nail on the head on the item of evangelism. Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. Soldiers who fight in war say it binds them as nothing else could.

  2. I would answer that one has to be genuine. A given, of course. Some, however, are not as visibly warm as others, but are just as warm in hospitality when time is taken to get to know each. The words of Hebrews 10:19-25 and especially the “Let us” passages are hard to improve upon. All this requires some element of time before one will know that others “love” in their actions, including words spoken. Perhaps my answer is too simple, but I do believe that applying Matthew 7:12 (coupled with Hebrews) is a good step (not that you would suggest otherwise).

    • That genuine spirit is certainly a given. And we do need to recognize that not everyone shows their warmth toward others as visibly as some might. Time is certainly a factor too. We’ll have to get away from the TV, xbox, and Facebook, I suppose. Thanks!

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