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Community - She Seeks - Week of April 22

  • 2013 Apr 22
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{community}

an inspirational entry about building it

20-somethings are faced with a lot of life changes — professionally, relationally, geographically, and spiritually. As part of this community, sometimes you may feel as though you are wandering or like you just don't fit into some social circles.

Entering into new life experiences means venturing into seasons of building a new community. Starting from scratch with people can be intimidating. {I get that.} But one of the strong truths that we can take away from God's Word is that He never designed for us to do life alone.

In the earliest days of Jesus' journey, we can find Him building community.

One of the aspects of this community I love the most is that He chose some very unlikely people to be in His inner circle: a couple of fishermen, a tax collector, and even a doctor. They were a pretty eclectic group of people to hang out with. While Jesus seemed cautious about the people He chose to walk the closest to — He also didn't allow their differences to separate the possibility of relationship.

I am personally involved with 20-something community, as every Thursday night I get to lead an amazing community group made up of them. {They are the craziest bunch you'd ever meet.} We laugh, do fun things and are learning together the importance of having each other.

My friends in this group have realized that as a 20-something, having a community of face-to-face people, who share their faith, is vital in their own personal journey with God. They have benefited from being willing to expand their territories and become friends with people who don't necessarily share their identical life experiences.

While online ministries [She Seeks!] are great tools to inspire you to keep seeking truth in your life, the value of face-to-face interaction can't be duplicated behind a computer screen. Having someone that can give you a hug, look into your eyes and hear the words you speak is incredibly important to our well-being.

Here are a few ideas to help you in your community-building efforts:

˜ Find a local church that offers a community group for 20-something's. Even if your church doesn't, chances are there is a church near-by that is offering one.

˜ Start your own community group. Can find a group? How about starting one? We at She Seeks would love to support you in your community building efforts! Contact us if you would like help.

˜ When you find a group, stay committed. It's hard to be plugged in with people if you only see them sporadically. Making the effort to keep your commitment to community by consistent interaction will be a very rewarding process.

˜ Be willing to get in the trenches with people. Sometimes, the greatest thing we can do to build community is to simply walk beside people. This often means being willing to support people through hard times.

˜ Have fun together. Every couple of weeks, I try to give my group the week off from our "typical" time together. We do group dinner dates, scavenger hunts or just get together and talk about life. This is often the best bonding experiences that we have.

˜ Serve together. Getting out in your community and doing for others is life changing. Finding people to serve along side will provide some amazing experiences for you.

I know being a 20-something isn't easy. Feeling alone and isolated are very common emotions through this season of life. But there are people who want to do life with you. We were made for relationships and God has some incredible people for you to be a part of your community. {I promise.}

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"And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers." Philemon 1:6-7 [MSG]

For help and encouragement on starting a community group email us at: sheseeksdevos@proverbs31.org

Nicki Koziarz is a woman who loves laughter, friendship and creating community with 20-something's. She blogs at www.nickikoziarz.com and would love for you to stop by today!

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