Community

Posted: January 20, 2010 in Encouraging, Life Change, My Faith

Last weekend we had Disciple Now at church. It is a great time in which the student ministry breaks up into different groups and stay in different homes in the church to take part in a weekend long Bible study. It is always a highlight for the students each year and they talk about it for a month leading up to it, and for a couple months after it takes place. I was a part of this ministry last year, which was amazing, and this year was even better for a couple reasons.

1. It was a great topic on our identity in Christ. It was amazing to hear some personal stories from these students about what they think and how they see themselves, then to see them learn from God’s Word and how it can be better. Talking to some of them, you can see God did a great work in them last weekend.

2. This is the big one I want to camp out on for a minute. This year Benji did some major planning and organizing for this event in regards to it being church wide. He had a vision to not just let this be a spiritual refreshment for the student ministry, but also the adults as well. From the grade school kids through the college ministry, there were well over 100 students taking part in the weekend. With that many involved, it was amazing to see so many adults step up to volunteer their weekends, and invest in the lives of these students.

When I look at the church as a whole today, it seems all too often we lose sense of true community. Somewhere along the way, we started to departmentalize our churches to where there are separate ministries. We have a Senior ministry, College ministry, Young adult ministry, student ministry, kid’s ministry, young couple’s ministry. It seems every time you turn around there is a new and exciting ministry starting up. I’m not saying these are all bad as a whole, because I know that people are at different phases of their life and so they need to be taught differently. What I do see as a problem is losing sight of the purpose of the church body. To be together and have all things in common – Acts 2:44. I don’t think we need to all be in the same Sunday school or bible study class each week, but I do see the importance of getting involved in the whole realm of church so you aren’t just coming to your little section and going home without ever knowing what God is truly doing in the whole body, not just your part. That’s what I enjoyed most about last weekend. To see the church as a whole get involved together to spread the gospel and show love in a way many never have before. That’s what community is all about.

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  1. Allen Taylor says:

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

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