Depending on which organization you ask, church attendance is either in free-fall or growing by the thousands. In the midst of such disparity, it is important to ask – what is God’s design for community? Does a Christian have to go to organized church activity in order to call themselves a Christian, or is the face of organized Christianity changing? As new generations begin to assert their definitions of “community”, has the definition grown to encompass more than the Sunday service?
With many forms of media available to our culture, community is now found in different venues. Emerging generations may not find themselves sitting in a church pew on a Sunday morning, but yet have an awareness of the greater church community. According to Christianity Today
Whether you’re meeting in an organized church, or online with a community of like-minded believers, how do you approach church? Too frequently we join a group because it gives us something without asking too much in return. Is your “church event” a time to receive from your community, or are you there to serve and contribute?
Even more importantly, ask yourself this – am I part of an affiliation of believers, or am I attempting to do faith on my own? Christianity is a communal faith. It’s not meant to be lived in isolation. If you don’t have one, look around for a place of belonging , whether it’s in your local community, online, or in some other venue. Your faith will be deepened for it.