Faithful Community is curated by Luke S. Edwards, author of Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions. He is the Associate Director of Church Development for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and a trainer for Fresh Expressions US. Over the past five years he has helped launch over 250 micro faith communities across western North Carolina and many others across North America. Before that he was the founding pastor of King Street Church, a network of fresh expressions in Boone, North Carolina.
God exists forever in perfect Triune community and remarkably, we are invited to join (John 17:20-23). This is the vision of Christian community: to be one with another and one with God. And to invite our neighbors in too! When we look to the ministry of Jesus, we see him constantly creating meaningful social connections, ever-widening the circle of welcome to those who had been rejected and discarded. Hidden throughout the footnotes of church history we see ordinary people following his lead, creating small Christian communities that reflect a future vision of the coming kingdom—a foretaste of what is to come. Today, we are experiencing loneliness in epidemic proportions. The church must once again turn our gaze towards the development of beloved community. It is time for churches to shift their energy from populating their preconceived programs to building communities. For more information check out faithfulcommunity.com
In this free newsletter you can expect to receive practical advice for building community in your faith community. Whether you are trying to bolster community in an existing church or starting a new community, building community in-person or online, there will be something for you.