Reimagining Church

Thriving Congregations Initiative: New Models for the 21st Century

Creating Community

Jyrekis Collins

Tyler Sit's presentation caused much deep thought and positive conversation for my working group members! Here is one reflection-

The main idea for me is that everything is based in our faith and in the community where God has placed us to serve. We need not look far and wide. We need to start serving the person right in front of us. No project, no matter how much value we might see in it, can move forward with any power without members of the community in the lead and of course, prayer. Prayer must envelop every new idea, project, or vision.

It is essential to know our community, past, present, and future. There are so many layers to any community. It has history that is important to those who dwell there. There are present needs and present hopes for the future. Then, there is the future. It becomes essential because so many stakeholders make plans for any community and often times, the community has no knowledge of the plans. Stakeholders like political officials, developers, investors, business venture capitalists, non profits, schools, and many others have public and private plans that will effect any project or vision.

Learning about community involves deep listening and looking for God in what you hear. Always ask, how we can support the body of Christ.

It is a monumental task, but with prayer at the center of all activity, all is possible.