I am writing this on a flight from Phoenix to New York City where over the next few days Iâ€™ll be with the other leaders of the various Communitas communities around the US (San Diego, New York City, & New Orleans). Our time together is scheduled to be a time to connect as leaders of a common movement, a time to explore and imagine the future of the Communitas movement, and a time of shared learning. Communitas is an experimental movement hoping to discover new and fresh approaches to engaging the world outside of the church with the gospel. For most of us in the Western world, we have difficult accepting what is becoming increasingly clear – that the world around us is moving further from the church. The postures weâ€™ve adopted in recent years, while still experiencing levels of success, are becoming less effective at reaching those outside the church. It is becoming clear that we need to re-imagine our efforts at reaching those outside the church by developing postures that see mission not as something as necessary only â€œover thereâ€, but also â€œright hereâ€. Communitas is CRMâ€™s most recent effort at accomplishing this in the US. We are proud to be a part of this movement and a voice in this vital conversation.
As our local expression of Communitas develops in Phoenix, our primary hope is that those weâ€™re in relationship with would meet and follow Jesus. But as we pursue this end with much exploration, experimentation, and imagination, we realize that we have both an opportunity and responsibility to pass on our learnings to help others to better engage those outside the church as well. With that in mind and with 6 months of experience under our belt, I thought it important to begin extracting the learnings thus far. While it is clear that these â€œlearningsâ€ are evident from our experiences and conversations with those outside the reach of the church, it is also clear that these are â€œearly observationsâ€ and most likely will need to be tried and tested again and again to determine if indeed they provide helpful insight to those truly interested in engaging in a deeper sense of mission in their context.
about those who are outside the reach of the church:
about how to be blessing to the poor, homeless, and disenfranchised:
about developing young leaders:
There is much more that we’re learning and we’ll try to share the learnings here as we go. As time goes on, we’ll no doubt stumble across solutions to these issues which can help others.