Here at JC Sacramento we talk a lot about community. I wanted to take a moment to briefly look at the first step to building community and share some practical ways you can be a part of creating community around you. Community is something that is created, it doesn’t just happen by chance. It takes Intentionality.
Intentionality |noun|: the fact of being deliberate or purposive.
If you think about it, the things that mean the most to us and have the greatest value in our lives cost us something. Where we put our time, resources, effort, or prayer gives us a clue into what has the greatest worth in our life. Value is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for something.
I think too often we approach community the wrong way. We start with the expectation that someone else needs to create it and then we wait to be invited into it. The reality is, we are all called to be a part of creating community.
One of the best places to start building community is to pay attention to the very thing you are longing for, wanting, or needing. What you are frustrated about or wishing existed is actually a clue to a specific need and area that needs someone to create community. You are frustrated because you care. I also believe it’s because you carry a piece of the solution. It’s really hard for someone else to create the specific vision you have. That void is actually an invitation for you to step in and become part of the solution.
Here are some practical ways to start creating community:
• Recognize that you are not the only one with the need or desire.
• Do what you wish someone else would do for you.
• Talk to other people and invite someone to join with you in creating community.
• Step out and don’t be afraid to fail.
What can I do?:
– Invite someone over for dinner.
– Invite someone to coffee.
– Create a gathering at your house and invite others.
– Invite people to join you in doing what you love.
– Plan the trip, event, gathering or thing you wish was happening.
– Open up your life to the people around you.
You have to start somewhere and these are just a few ideas. Zechariah 4:10 says, “Do not despise these small beginnings…” Stepping out isn’t easy, but you have to start somewhere. The first step to engaging community is recognizing the need and then doing something about it.