We have begun to see our faith community embrace a significant culture change, one that many of us here are familiar with. We are moving from a time line of :
BEHAVE - BELIEVE - BELONG to BELONG - BELIEVE - BEHAVE.
As we live out this change, some of our operational definitions had to change. Most obviously, holiness needed to be redefined from rules to relationships. This seems to have gone well, with some considerable hiccups. Community needed to be redefined from like-acting and like-minded folks to those who are serious about remaining in relationship as we learn to be followers of Jesus. Church needed to be redefined from people who get together on Sundays (and other days as well), and who invite people to join them - yet otherwise limit their contacts with those outside the church, to people who live out their faith in the real world in relationships with as many other folks as possible.
One other concept we are considering - and it has been forced upon us as we try to live together - is what is grace in an intentional community? As we create expectations, how do we hold each other accountable for those expectations, encouraging growth and acknowledging the challenges of the journey.
What do you think?