Ok, so a hypothetical one for you. Just thinking more on how a large church can ‘do’ community more effectively. What I’m talking about is how you get majority of a congregation into a missional mindset – as well as ‘doing’ life together.
So, for example – rather than old school bible study or small groups which focus on our own personal discipleship, albeit in a communal context – what about something that seeks to embrace discipleship alongside mission alongside worship alongside social justice? Even up-to-date thinking around cell groups may not be sufficient here.
The question is – how do you do life together in a way that isn’t cliquey, but brings intimacy and deeper connections with one another? How do you spin the view of the group outwards, whilst maintaining relationships within? Missional focus has to an imperative in everything the church does – even discipleship!
I guess the question may be deeper – how does the community maintain the beauty of small whilst experiencing exponential growth because it’s doing what church exists to do – transform lives and usher in the Kingdom. Doing this well, however may mean people get left on the sidelines – they’re attracted into life together…and then what?
Surely growth can’t mean loss of true community…can it?
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts and experiences around this.