Lately, Grace at “Kingdom Grace” has been talking about communities of transformation. Her latest post on the topic is called “More on Communities of Transformation“. Grace copies this quote from Andy Crouch in his book Culture-Making:
Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in anotherâ€™s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors.
Before I comment briefly on this passage, I’ll start by saying that there is nothing inherently wrong with church buildings and “church doors”. However, we cannot define our community (especially a transforming community) by a single location.
Many times people ask me about finding fellowship and community. I suggest exactly what Crouch says here: Start with your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors. Begin to make time for them, and start spending more and more time with them – especially in the normal, everyday activities. Share life together. I think this is the start of a community of transformation for the believer.