How to Build Community in Your Church

As a pastor of a small church, I'm particularly sensitive about building a sense of community. I don't think community is just another 21st century buzzword, I think it reflects the body life described for the church in the New Testament. For example, in our latest study of the Lord's Prayer, I've been struck by Jesus intructions for how to pray. You will notice the use of the plural. "Our Father", "Give us our daily bread", "Forgive us our debts." This pattern is all through the gospels, the epistles, the pastoral letters--commands and encouragements given in the plural. The point is this: Christianity was not meant to be lived individualistically. When you put your faith in Christ, you are baptized into a body, joined to a people.  So it is an important function of the church to create environments where this body life, this community, can flourish. Much of this falls on church leadership. They must...

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