Introducing Zone Member Support!

CULTIVATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

No one likes feeling vulnerable. We like to feel strong and in control. We may think by being so, it will lead to success or certainty. One way to capture those sentiments may be to act as an individual. Another way could be action through community — becoming, as Merriam Webster puts it, part of “a group of people with a common characteristic or interests, living together within a larger society. A strong sense of community adds real value to our lives. It not only helps us feel more connected to the world around us, it also makes a measurable difference in our happiness, our health and spiritual maturity. In every way, “Sugar Creek is a community of communities that shares unique experiences and solves common problems.” -1 Cor.10:13, Luke 22:32

Cultivating healthy and thriving communities is not solitary work; rather, it depends on the gifts of God in the form of people and opportunity. Our church thrives when we are able to fulfill our created purpose, which is not limited to the work we do inside the doors of our building. We are created for community, with one another and with God. Our congregational life in a serious sense does not automatically lead to a common sense of identity and purpose, but without community it is hard to imagine that a unified identity and purpose could ever be maintained. To put it simply: as the book of Acts shows, the early church found community to be indispensable for their thriving in the deepest sense — their ability to be Christians.

The reason people feel part of a community in a neighborhood is because everybody—the barber, the grocer and shop keeper—collaborate to keep the neighborhood strong. True community forms when we work together, not simply by talking about it. It’s only when we’re on a mission that we move from an abstract idea to a God honoring reality. It’s the result of an activity done together when we’re all going in the same direction.

Discover the many ways we continue to create opportunities for members to work together, whether that means service to the sick or volunteering or creating new concepts to sustain a common sense of identity and purpose. [pullquoteright][/pullquoteright] No matter how you’re wired—introvert, extrovert, socially adept or socially awkward—something in your soul longs for meaningful relationships with other humans. We long to know others and be known by them. We treasure friendships that allow us to truly “be ourselves.” Though some of us have never found this sort of community and though others have been deeply wounded by relationships, all of us still long for deep, authentic, real community.

Welcome to the Zone Support Ministry!

Serving at the King’s Pleasure,

Snapshots of Grace

Leslie B. James

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