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Living in Community

This video illustrates nine Christian communities throughout Switzerland and England. Community provides these people a place to rest, belong, and live a common life.

 

Trevor Saxby describes the history of Christian community below.

 

What are the benefits or drawbacks to living in this manner?

For more information on being this kind of community, go to the website, Living in Community.

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Worship Perceptions By Church Size

Size does matter when it comes to worship styles and perceptions of guests. The following is a summary of a recent study conducted by Faith Perceptions of 4,288 mystery guests at various sized churches. Poor perceptions are indicated in red, while very good perceptions are green.

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Churches that had 0-80 in attendance rated highest on greeting upon arrival, pre-service atmosphere, post-service atmosphere, and friendliness. Small churches (81-150) rated highest on in-service greeting. Medium churches (151-300) rated highest on signage. Extra-large churches (501-1000) rated highest on children and youth. Mega churches rated highest on seating, community awareness, seating, music, the message, speaker, information, children and youth, return, and overall experience.

All churches rated “very poor” on diversity and outreach, and community service was “very poor” on average.

What surprises you about this research? What does this challenge churches to do differently?

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7 Reasons to Make Ramp Building Part of Your Local Ministry

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One of the first projects our church did together when we got started was build a wheelchair ramp. We’re blessed with men with the tools & know how & opportunities for this work is plentiful in every community. Here’s 7 reasons why I love Ramp Building as part of a church’s local ministry:

  1. Access & the Gospel. There are elderly & handicapped people who feel like captives in their own homes due to lack of access. We’ve even had several people in our community that couldn’t get out of their homes without help from the Fire Dept. What a great way to be good news & share the good news with a family & neighborhood. Access to God was built through Christ (1 Peter 3:18).

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How to Have Real Community

Francis Chan discusses the importance of following the Great Commission in community with others.

Do you agree? Why or why not?

Eight Step Process to Leading People to Engage Needs

I was fortunate to sit in one of Brandon Hatmaker’s classes at Exponential a few weeks ago. He outlined an eight step process to lead people to engage needs in their communities. They are as follows:

1. Embrace social action as part of discipleship. When we are involved in social action we are not only impacting those we servingserve, but we are also having an effect on ourselves.

2. Settle your theology in regards to social action. Hatmaker says that social action is not the gospel, but part of the complete gospel proclamation. It includes three perspectives: a)doctrinal (it saves) b)personal (it transforms) and c)social (it renews).

3. Grow in your understanding of mercy. This means that we are so thankful for God’s mercy and love that we serve out of that love.

4. Grow in your understanding of justice. This is the pursuit of making things the way they should be. James 4:17 says, “it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

5. Expose the need. This is the discovery of the needs in our communities. It may not be what we first thought. We need to find out what the needs are.

6. Encounter the need. Serving others gives people a good starting point to understanding what it means to make a difference, and whets their appetite for doing more.

7. Engage the need. This is developing a personal interest in a specific need. It can be done on our own or with a group of people.

8. Move beyond the program. Service is not a program; it is a way of life. The goal is to equip people to serve as part of their natural life rhythm.

Brandon Hatmaker planted the Austin New Church and is author of Barefoot Church.

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