10 Ways to Avoid Building Community Within Church

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Regrettably, I think at different times I’ve been guilty of every single item on this list. Are you holding back community?

  1. Keep Conversations Short
  2. Always sit in your “assigned” seat
  3. Avoid New People
  4. Come in Late
  5. Leave immediately after the service (or early)
  6. Be physically present but mentally absent
  7. Don’t share a meal
  8. Stay very, very busy
  9. Make your default response “everything is great”
  10. Don’t show up

See Adam’s commentary and explanation of these at 10 Ways to Avoid Building Community Within the Church.

Maybe the vicar above could learn a lesson or two about building koinonia 😉

Be like Jesus

In honour of John Smulo’s 100,000th hit on his most popular post, Be like Jesus, I’m reproducing it here:


1. Get baptized by the craziest guy in town.

2. Say and do things that are guaranteed to make religious people want to kill you. Repeat again, and again, and again, and again, and again and don’t stop unless forced.

3. Do amazing things for people and ask them to not tell anyone.

4. Hang out with the most despised, marginalized, looked down upon, and shunned people you can find.

5. When possible, forgive and restore people, even if they betrayed you.

6. Live in a way that provokes gossip.

7. Win the most grace competition.

8. Keep the party going. 

9. Serve people (note: nose plugs may be required).

10. If you’re sad cry.

11. Empower people to do the extraordinary.

12. Act like a rock star in a hoteltemple.

13. Radically simplify theology.

14.Break human-made religious laws. Repeat consistently.

15.Prioritize the most important over the important.

16. Let women with questionable backgrounds pay your bills.