Over the past couple of Sundays @ the Vineyard we talked about community. And let’s face it, “community” is one of those words that get thrown around & misused so much it tends to have different meanings to different people. But I think for most of us, when we are talking about having community in the church, we are basically saying I want friends. I want people that I can hang out and relax with. I want to have people in my life where if I was in a jam, I could call them up and know that they would be glad that I did.
And yet the norm for more and more people is that we don’t have those people…even the people we work with, and go to church with are not much more than facebook friends.
So here’s the part where I tell you the join a kinship group and all of this will magically turn around…you’ll have amazing friendships, your skin will clear up, and even your mother-in-law will love you. Okay, none of that will happen. Joining a kinship group will not guarantee you the sense of community, the friendships that you are looking for…but, they are a pretty good place to start.
Over the past couple of weeks I been talking to my kids about stamina when it comes to running or walking…if you say you have no stamina, that might be true. But you have a choice. You can continue to sit on the couch and bemoan your lack of stamina, and ensure that it continues. Or, you could start running, or walking. While you won’t have the stamina you’d hope in a week, keep it up & 6 months down the road you will be in a very different place.
Joining a kinship group does not come with any promises a far as building friendships, but if you join on, and participate, who knows where you’ll be 6 months from now.
If you haven’t signed up for a group yet, you can do that here.