Having outlined the rationale and goals behind our launch of a gospel community, here are some thoughts about what this might look like in practice. I will focus in this post around our corporate activities and practices; there is clearly a parallel set of ‘personal habits’ that I will cover later.
All this is clearly going to evolve, but here are our current thoughts. Once again, your views would be welcome.
The monthly rhythm:
- We undertake a simple act of service, together, once a month (being a blessing)
- We meet to study and apply Scripture, twice per month. Once in a public space (for accessibility), once in a home (for hospitality) to share a meal. Aim is to make this relevant to anyone in the spectrum of faith (connecting with God)
- We host a celebration/party, once a month (sharing our lives)
- We have a regular undercurrent of prayer/life-decisions/accountability (‘discipleship’, but that’s perhaps too churchy a word) sessions, organised by a different pair of people each week but open to all. Enough of ‘prayer partners’ meeting in private! (connecting with God)
- We have an occasional ‘Sunday brunch’ including the breaking of bread (connecting with God, sharing our lives)
Needless to say, these are just the practical events side of what is supposed to be a growing community life. But it helps to see what practically might be going on.
All the events/activities are actively seen as open to all, as events to include both Christian and non-Christian friends. We want to avoid a ‘two track’ process where ‘insiders’ do ‘special spiritual things’ that ‘outsiders’ don’t get to see or participate in.
How does that sound? Too complex, too much? Unbalanced in terms of focus? Just right?