When Peter told Jesus that he loved him, Jesus asked Peter to feed his sheep. Jesus consistently commanded—not asked—his disciples to love one another, just as he loved them. Intentional Christian Community goes beyond mere social fellowship as we extend radical grace to ourselves, our neighbor, and the stranger.
As part of Intentional Faith Development, a disciple seeks to create community with others in the same incarnational ways that Jesus did. What does that look like?
Community can come in many different forms. It can be experienced in a small group, a neighborhood, a shared residence. Most of all true community will:
Christ-like Community has several distinct hallmarks that we see from Jesus himself:
“…what our Lord left behind Him was not a Book, nor a creed, nor a system of thought nor a rule of life, but a visible community.”- Lesslie Newbigin, Household of God
Although Methodism began as a movement of small groups, churches today are often too eager to start groups or classes without actually trying to create true community within them. Just signing up or showing up will not grow you as a disciple of Christ. How can your local church help foster Christ-centered community in homes, in neighborhoods, or on campuses?
Small Groups & Community
Missional or New Monastic Communities