Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Creating Community

Recently, Kent Shaffer posted a quick review of the book The Tangible Kingdom Primer, a self-described 8-week guide to incarnational community. Written by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, The Tangible Kingdom Primer explores how to become mission-minded and then act on it by creating authentic community.

It is a cleverly designed workbook with lots of graphics and even more questions intended to take you on a journey through the ideas. To get the best flavor of this workbook, here is a sample question from each week:

  1. How much time per week are you willing to give to building deeper relationships with them?
  2. Who in your life needs you to be an advocate for them now?
  3. Is your own view of the Gospel missing anything?
  4. What would you need to change to incorporate more opportunities for community to take place in your life?
  5. Considering the relationships that God has brought into your life, what are your responsibilities to them now?
  6. Who are some of the people in your life that you are currently investing in relationally?
  7. As you consider the differences between passive discipleship and apprenticeship, how would you describe your own life?
  8. How can you work with God so that you are more accessible to people and more available for God?

The Tangible Kingdom Primer is a great way to immerse yourself in thinking about community. It is an area that I need to improve. What about you?

Do you thrive at creating community or do you get lost in your own world? What are your pitfalls or keys to success?

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