So, how do we evaluate if our members are experiencing true Biblical community? I want to share with you a few signs that you can look for to evaluate if your church members are experiencing Biblical community.
- Members are meeting the needs of other members – Acts chapter two gives us a great description of community. One of the key components is found in verse 45. It reads, “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.” A good sign that a church is experiencing Biblical community is that the members are so concerned with the needs of people in their community that they are willing to give up something in order to meet those needs.
- Members are hanging out with other members outside of your services – Pastors should be thrilled to see members posting on facebook that they are hanging out with other members. This is a good thing. Friendship is a result of community. Acts chapter 2 describes that the early church went from house to house for fellowship. They were hanging out!
- Members are unified under the common purpose – A good sign that your church is experiencing Biblical community is that the members share the common goal. The common goal is not the color of the carpet, the style of music, the preferences that we get so wrapped up in. The goal is reaching the city with the Gospel, and the church is unified on this goal.
- Members are being discipled – Discipleship best happens in the context of relationships. How are your members being discipled? Are you seeing spiritual growth in them? Are you seeing people take the next steps. You need to be able to identify next steps that people are taking in order to evaluate the effectiveness of your discipleship program.
- Members are concerned with the City – A great sign community is happening is that the city is a focal point of the members. They look at the city and are inspired to reach the city with the Gospel. They accomplish this mission more than talk about it. They actually get out and try to do this.
These are just a few signs that I have noticed about a church experiencing community. What would you add to the list?