I have been working today on a writing assignment that deals with the relationship between community and evangelism in the local church. Below is a very rough draft of what I have written so far. I would be interested in what you think:
Many churches include the word “community” in their name, their purpose statement, and/or their mission statement. The word “community” is also a buzz word in society. New neighborhoods advertise “communities” where you can walk to work and shopping. Even businesses try to build “community” with their employees, believing that doing so will increase productivity.
While there is a lot of talk about “community” few people really understand what it means and even fewer know how to live it out. Few things, however, will bring people to Christ quicker, and build their faith stronger, than real community.
What is community?
First and foremost, community is a biblical idea. Continue reading