Building a sense of community within your church is one of the most important things you can do as a leader.
We were never meant to walk through this life alone. Community is a major component when it comes to growing in our relationships with God. Our faith-based communities are what keep us on track. They’re what keep us accountable. They are there in our times of need.
Here are some ways in which you can encourage and grow community within your own church:
A church member’s small group is their core faith-based community. It’s filled with the people that they can go to when they need advice or in their time of need.
Offer up small groups that focus on serving, prayer, and studying the Bible. Through these things, your groups will experience intimacy and spiritual growth. To make groups more interesting, you can have groups that go out and participate in activities together such as running but remember to come back to serving, prayer, and studying the Bible.
Be An Example
Set an example for your church family on the importance of community. Show up to the church events. Check into the small groups that you offer. Be intentional about showing interest in your members’ lives and how they are doing faith-wise.
Make yourself available often. People are going to count on and rely on you a lot. Make sure that you are available to them and willing to guide them through their walk with Christ.
Being vulnerable with your church is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to spark community within your church. Don’t be afraid to let your guard down and open up to members in your congregation.
Encourage your church members to also be vulnerable with each other. It is through vulnerability that we are truly able to know one another and build an authentic community.
Building community is not easy, yet it’s necessary. When your congregation feels a sense of belonging to a community in your church, they become more invested in your church and the people attending alongside them.