Worship Matters: Building Community

Communication is so important. When you really think about it, we spend huge parts of every day communicating. Social networks are based on communicating with family, friends and long lost schoolmates and it seems that every person in America over the age of 3 now has their own cell phone.

I find myself thinking about this often….other than sharing information, where does all of this get us? I literally get bogged down and stressed out at times because there are so many details I need to communicate. It’s crazy. I’m working on that.

I know. Sharing information is important. In ministry I deal with large groups of people and I have found that I have to communicate most details multiple times and in at least 4 different ways for everyone to get the message. I’m not saying information isn’t important because it is. Details and planning are the backbone of worship ministry in the local church.

But, the question I am posing is different. When is the last time you had a genuine conversation with someone? I mean a conversation where both parties participated actively?

So many times conversations are one-sided, with one of the parties laying out everything that is important to them and then walking away. When is the last time you feel like someone sat down and genuinely entered your world?

My wife will laugh when she reads this blog because I am not a person who tends to enjoy long conversations. I am more of a “just the facts ma’am” sort of guy. But, I do find myself wanting more. I find myself wanting to know and to be known. Kim is great at this. She digs in with people. She asks questions. She cares deeply about the needs of other people. I am working at that. Sometimes I just feel too overwhelmed to take the time to enter the world of another person. It takes an investment on my part. What if they don’t return the investment?

I really desire the Worship Ministry at MPCC to be a place of genuine community. I’m not saying, in any way, that it isn’t a caring place, but I think we can always go deeper. I want people to care for one another. I want us to live out Galatians 6:2 that says, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (NIV)

I want to challenge you to enter someone’s world today. Try to have a conversation that is completely about another person. It’s tough to do and I know that from experience. Give it a shot. Enter their world. Engage them. Care for them and see what happens. I believe that when we experience genuine Biblical community we will get to know a side of The Father and His design for us that we desperately need in The Church.

What are your thoughts on community? Do you experience it? If so, how? When? Where? Tell me about it.

Comments
2 Responses to “Worship Matters: Building Community”
  1. Nancy Loomis says:

    Brian,
    This one really hits home for me. Having just moved here in January, this is the kind of communication I miss most. When you are new to a community (or ministry) it is hard to get past the ‘hello and what is your name?’ stage to ‘how are the kids doing?’ to the really meaty stuff. It always takes at least a year to start feeling comfortable in a new place to the point where your acquaintance become friends you can share your burdens with.
    Nancy

  2. Becki Dunaway says:

    Nancy — stick with going to a ministry! I moved here from CA 8 years ago and 2 months after joining MPCC, I joined the choir and also a Sunday Care Group. The reason I did it is exactly so I could get reconnected to others; so I could have close friends to share burdens with. I now have mounds of very close friends and continuously meet new people. And MPCC is not such a big place anymore either!
    Hang in there!
    Becki

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