Calgary Church, along with our family of communities The House and King’s Bridge, is starting to pursue a more refined identity that’s driving our church. One of the fundamental components that many within our community are noting is the lack of just that–community. We all identify the necessity of community, but struggle with the pursuit of capturing a holistic expression that encompasses our rhythms of life.
There are some pragmatic steps we can put into place, just meeting and hanging out with like-minded people is an obvious one. Then there are more lofty steps that can make the world of difference to community, that would include proximity in places like where you live and where you work.
With all of these things in mind there are three different areas that we as a church are trying to capture as main components to help describe our DNA moving forward.
Calgary Church has a dream to simply join God in his mission to rescue and redeem all of creation. For us, we want to pursue the vision of,
Being Christ’s community of love, justice, beauty, and hope in our city and beyond.
To pursue this vision the most helpful example we can try to emulate is Jesus. So how did he view and practice community? I think there were three primary components that we have boiled down to: Intersect (Out); Connect (In); Converge (Up).
When we read the Gospel narratives (the first four books of the New Testament) we capture a theme of these three elements. For Jesus that meant investing into three different relationships.
Converge (Up). The most fundamental and important relationship for Jesus was the time he spent with God which was important individually but also for his community as well. How would you describe your relationship with, not just comprehension of, God?
Connect (In). Jesus also spent significant time investing in his disciples (and to a lesser extent the 72 others that tagged along with his group). Of the 12 disciples that spent two years with Jesus, there even was an inner circle of 3 that he spent even more time with. Relationships with those who are close to you–the love we have for each other (within our own community)–is another fundamental component in a healthy community.
Intersect (Out). Then there’s the intersection with those in your networks, everyone you encounter in your rhythm of life. That could be the people at the grocery store, the folks at work, the parents on the playground. Intersection is that first step in reaching out to form more intentional relationships.
These three core identities help us form the steps to reach our vision. They seem obvious in many ways, however, putting these ideas into practice is an entirely different and challenging thing.
Over the next couple of months we’re going to unpack these ideas as a church community. You’ll also notice a number of exciting new and old opportunities that you can connect into to start putting ideas into practice. Stay tuned.