If you believe that unconnected people are always one tough thing away from never being at your church again…you have all the motivation you need to invest in building a pervasive sense of community in your church. See also, What’s Your Urgency Level for Connecting Unconnected People? and This Is Why We Need Community.
There are 5 essential ingredients that build a pervasive sense of community in your church:
- A thriving small group ministry. If you want to build community in your church, you must understand that not only does life-change happen best in circles (not rows), so does community. A thriving small group ministry is an essential ingredient that builds community in your church because unless your church is flatlined, you will always need a growing number of new groups to connect a growing number of unconnected people. See also, 10 Powerful Benefits of a Thriving Small Group Ministry.
- Build steps into community that are easy, obvious, and strategic. Building a thriving small group ministry is an essential ingredient. Still, putting energy and resources into small group infrastructure without making the hard choices that create first steps and next steps won’t build community. To build pervasive…