the price of community

Of course, we always want to shoot for camaraderie, “family-ness,” friendships, koinonia, or however you’d like to define ideal college ministry community.

But I’ve noticed – a lot, actually – that the price of outstanding college ministry community may be greater and greater difficulty in helping outsiders feel truly welcome.

It’s a conundrum.

  • Do I try to keep community “in check” so we don’t reach that point?
  • Once we’re at that point, do I count my blessings and stick with nurturing the community that is happening?
  • Do I realign the group to be mostly an “outward-facing” group? (Is that possible?)
  • Is it possible to be both super-welcoming and super-communified?
  • Is this a theological issue or just a sociological issue? Or both?

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