I am missing out on our leadership team planning retreat this weekend and I was asked to skype in and talk to them about community and what it means etc. Here is what I am going to talk to them about. I learned a lot about community this summer and even though I am not an expert, it means a lot to me and I am praying that it is something that our BCM can strive for this year.
This summer was full of true community for me. I was surrounded by people who wanted to know me and wanted to grow with me and I felt the same about them. We lived together, served our God together, and just did life with one another. It was not always easy but it was rewarding to work through the difficult time, work past differences and be there for one another.
I wrote this entry in my journal when I was really struggling with what community was supposed to look:
“I am scared of relationships, of getting in too deep and then having to leave these people. Lord help me. Help me be transparent and open to community. I want to surrender and not fight. ”
God taught me that you have to know stories and build relationships to have community and I was a part of it all summer. It is easy to look at people and not get to know them because you aren’t going to see them past this week or this month or this semester, but in order to gain community you have to move past time and build relationships.
I have been reading through Job and in the beginning when he is being tested and going through some rough times his “friends” are only there to judge him and his situation. They don’t have a deep relationship and without knowing anything they are condemning him. They don’t see that Job is suffering because he is a righteous man. It was hard for Job to suffer without community.
Jesus was the prime example of what it meant to have community. He surrounded himself with a group of people who lived, served, prayed and went through life together. It wasn’t always easy for them, but that is what made it better.
In John 13 Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. He shows us and them that even the Savior was not above the people. The community is cleansed. We need to see that no one person on leadership is above another. We are all apart of a body and bring different things to the table, but we are to encourage and love one another. Together we can reach this campus and world for Christ, apart we are going to fail. It doesn’t matter if you are a senior or a freshman, president or just someone who helps out, we are all one community and we need to make an effort to get to know one another and to not just let people slide through.
My challenge for this leadership team is to build community among ourselves and then out to our BCM and our campus. It starts with us though.