How do you spell “COMMUNE-ity”?
“It is not good for man to be alone.” We were created to live and thrive in community. It is a vital part of our being created in the image of God. Referring to the Trinity, one theologian referred to God as “a Sweet Society”. When we sinned, the first result was broken community. Sickness and death followed.
Jesus risked his reputation and the credibility of his story by tying them to how his followers live and care for one another in community.  When we are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into his body – a co-relational community through which the life of Christ flows and the mission of Christ is served.
“Community health” in medical world refers of a field of study that examines mortality and morbidity data. In clinic world, “community health centers” mean clinics that are funded through Medicaid and government grants. In the Bible “community” is a major component of God’s purpose. It is the product of disciples covenanted to love God and one another, who are committed to reflect the principles and attributes of the kingdom of God in every aspect of our lives, and who influence the world around them.
At Conference 2013, we’ll address community on several levels:
- Community in our families - with special sessions for couples and spouses
- How to responsibly engage broken but precious communities where we serve
- Protecting and restoring community in organizations by relating to people instead of projects, resolving conflict, and partnering together in one common mission
The goal is to make our communion with Christ the model for our commune-ity with one another and with those we serve.
 “Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us”; Christine D. Pohl; 2012; Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; pg 2