As the Minister of Connections at Brady Lane Church of Christ, one of my passions is seeing people connect with one another. One of the ways we do that here is through Life Groups. Life Groups meet together to live life, eat (heck yeah!), study God’s Word to us, and live out the great commission.
Sometimes our groups can get more organized methodical than they need to be I think. I was reading an article by Henri Nouwen called, “Moving From Solitude to Community to Ministry.” In it he says this:
It’s precisely in the hub, in that communion with God, that we discover the call to community. It’s remarkable that solitude always calls us to community. In solitude you realize you’re part of a human family and that you want to lift something together. By community, I don’t mean formal communities. I mean families, friends, parishes, twelve step programs, prayer groups. Community is not an organization; community is a way of living: you gather around you people with whom you want to proclaim the truth that we are the beloved sons and daughters of God.
Community is not an organiztion; community is a way of living. Man, that says everything doesn’t it? Are our groups leading us to the right place? Are they leading us to ministry or are they just leading us to more selfishness?
What do you think?