As I was praying through this yesterday here were some of my thoughts:
People's Need's (as they see them)
> Someone to hear them
> Someone to encourage them
> A break from "life"
> Some direction
> To laugh
> A place to belong
> A "3rd place"
Spiritual Needs Met in Community
> Learning how to pray
> Learning how to read the Bible
> Praying for each other
> Sharing burdens
Obstacles Between These
- People are BUSY
- People are skeptical of opening up and going to a "strangers" home
- Child care (we are portable and do vouchers for people to get their own care but still an obstacle)
- People already have friends and don't see the need for community
I also want to get our groups or whatever we do more focused on the community and the mission of the church overall. We need to be serving the community more I think.
So there is where I am at as I plan for 2010. I know people need community. I know we need to connect more "new" people into community if we are going to close the backdoor we have. Praying for guidance.
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