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Community and mission: facets of the same gem

A number of people have made the comment that community and mission are both facets of the same gem. Both are an integral part of the heart of the Godhead. Tony P. made some excellent comments on the mission/community question:  they are definitely worth repeating in the main part of the blog so more people… Read More

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Community and/or family

Most of the last few blog posts (and the insightful comments everyone has posted) have been about community and mission.  Here's a question:  we talk about Jesus creating community.  Is family the same thing? There is extensive Biblical support for the notion of church as family.  (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; 2:19; Galatians 6:10).  Community is… Read More

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Mission versus community? 3 random thoughts

There have been some very interesting responses to the blogs on mission and community.  The basic question has been, "Do we have community at the expense of mission or vice versa?" If we have an outward focus, does community suffer?  If we concentrate on community, will we neglect mission? Someone put it well:  they are… Read More

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Why it’s more difficult to have community when working with existing believers

Many of today's simple/organic churches  start when a Christian with a vision of a group meeting in a home or other culturally relevant context invites his/her friends to start a church. The problem is that usually those coming only know the person who invited them; they may not know the other people involved.  It takes… Read More

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Should we increase community at the expense of being missional?

I was asked a fascinating question in response to the last couple of blogs on how an inward focused group can become more missional.  Basically the question was: what do you do about mission if there is very little sense of community in your group? Here's a part of my response to the person who… Read More