WHAT IS COMMUNITY?

We talk a lot about community at #nextgenworship. Recently someone asked what exactly I meant when I used the word "community"? This is actually an excellent question.

Currently the modern church is in the midst of transition and is attempting to redefine their expression in the current world culture. Some are just "rearranging the furniture", but others are actually finding themselves in a fresh pursuit of the presence of God which is resulting in a transformation that is empowering them to bring an atmosphere of encounter wherever they go. I am attempting to do the same by allowing God to craft His expression through me in whatever way he desires, no matter if it fits into church culture or not. One of the ways I am experiencing His transforming presence is through the area of community. We tend to think of community as our own church fellowships, home groups, etc, but this is just the start of God's view of community.

I believe that community is one of the key ingredients in the cultural transformation that God is cooking up.

I believe that kingdom community is referring to groups of people who are "doing" life together really well. It's in community that we find out who we really are and become who God intends us to be. You know when you are in community when you feel safe to be the authentic you. In community, our goal is always connection and moving towards people, never away. That doesn't mean we can't establish healthy boundaries, but as a rule, we pursue connection with the goal of understanding who we are connecting with. Community can exist at any level. Jesus established community with His disciples. They found themselves belonging to Him before they really even believed in Him or understood what He was really doing. That little "community" ended up turning the world upside down.

Community is the cup that transformation comes in.

I believe that community is one of the key ingredients in the cultural transformation that God is cooking up. In the past, "we" have insisted that God move and do his work in the confines of our church services and revival meetings. I believe that church gatherings should be the most catalytic, transformational, and encouraging place on the face of the earth, but we are still at square one until we begin to see that transformation take place at a city and regional level!

Community is the cup that transformation comes in. As you begin to do life really well, ask God who else you can partner with to bring a shift to culture that will result in people experiencing God's goodness in a transformational way.

Build community!

Clint