“Church should be a place where people feel safe and comfortable and secure and ready to share life with others.” stated Shaun Stevenson in his article “3 Ways the Church Can Build Better Community.” This week I had the opportunity to experience community by playing Bunco with several ladies from CTK. We came together and simply enjoyed each others company. We gave time to each other and in doing so we added more layers to our relationships. That is what God wants for us all. That is what I want for everyone that visits CTK, that they will experience community.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.
- Matthew 18:20
There are many people within our community that still live closed off. It is a stressful thing…putting yourself out there. But that is the first step, according to Stevenson’s article, in experiencing community within the church. You have to put yourself - your fears and anxieties - aside. You have to take the opportunities presented to “allow yourself the grace and awkwardness to…plant seeds of community.”
I challenge you today to find a small group, get involved in ministry, or turn to the stranger next to you and start a conversation. Take one step today and make this the day you are going to put yourself aside and find your community.
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind.
- Philippians 2:2