Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Building Community Through Serving

I've been through a  lot of education and training in the past few years
for small groups ministry, youth ministry, church leadership, etc etc
and there's a lot of talk about community.

Community is so important for a healthy church!
Without it, there's no trust laid down to support accountability,
there's no deep support system in place when someone goes through difficulty. 
It also helps us create the unity that God desires of us!
When we are living in harmony, we are better able to fulfill the commands to spread the gospel, to love others, and to honor Christ in our lives. 

Romans 15:5-6 says, 
"May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

But I think a lot of times we try to build it through socials and "fellowships"
where we eat too much and only share surface level conversation

In my experience, I've found that genuine community is born through serving together.
Whether it's through a mission trip or sharing the gospel together
or waking up at 4:30 to serve breakfast to the homeless,
the bond of serving Christ brings us together closer than grilling hamburgers ever has.

Over spring break, we had the opportunity serve our host church 
by doing some deep cleaning in their building
and some lawn care on the grounds.

We also got to share some time of fun together as friends. 

late night mini golf

(I beat everybody... they had no chance!)

late night jam sessions

Caleb found these bells in their music room, 
and used them to add a lil something to their jammin
(sorry I turned the camera sideways to get a better angle, but it's totally not)

 game night- the boys won, but it was close!

Dinner out at a favorite restaurant

David's family got to join us! Little Eliseo fell in love with his sister, Erin. 

This is a botana platter. It will change your life.
And I've only ever seen them in the valley, 
so if you're ever in south Texas- get one!

Movie night- out to see The Lorax!

We had so much bonding over food, games and fun.
But if I were to determine what made the most difference in uniting our team's hearts,
it would definitely be the acts of service
in cleaning and raking and sharing the gospel at Rainbow Express.

What is your experience with community?
How do you see it most effectively pursued?

linking up with The Williams Post


  1. I love this post, because I've just recently realized how important it is to turn my church into more than just my church. We're called brothers and sisters for a reason, right? :) I love worshipping with others, there's something about everyone singing to our God and feeling the same feeling of just complete adoration for Him and gets me every time!

  2. yes - i couldn't agree more! serving the Lord knits people's hearts together in such a lovely way!

  3. love this post and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
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  4. LOVE this post!! I believe that when we are in the service of our fellow being, we are in the service of the Lord! There is nothing that make our Lord happier than when we serve each other :)

  5. What a wonderful way to bond with one another...not only are these times wonderful at helping us build community, but they help us to walk in the Lord's footsteps...and that's a wonderful feeling. Loved this! Hope you had a blessed Easter! xx


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