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April 3, 2009

Got Community?

Here are two ways to measure the depth of community in your church.



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At a recent event sponsored by Cornerstone Knowledge Network, co-sponsor of BuildingForMinistry.com, the group wrestled with this question:

"Is there any way to measure the depth of community in your church?"

People seemed stumped. How do you create a social metric?

Then Will Mancini, author of Church Unique, suggested two ways:

1. Ask each person, "How many '2 a.m. friends' do you have?" These are the people whom you could call at 2 a.m., and it would be okay.

2. Ask each person, "How many friends do you have who have 'refrigerator rights'?" These are people who could come into your house and open your fridge and help themselves, and it wouldn't bother you.

Make these questions part of an annual churchwide survey, and you'll be able to see if your people are truly in community.

What other ways can you think of to measure the depth of community in your church?

posted by Kevin Miller on April 3, 2009 2:11 PM

Related Tags: Community, Connection, Depth, Kevin Miller, Refrigerator rights

Comments

Using the same format as Will suggests how about "How many friends would you give a signed blank check to?"

It seems to me that the 2 am call and refrigerator rights indicate closeness but not necessarily Christian community. Many non-Christians can and do experience close friendships. Believers can have much more, they can "find (true)life" in community as they participate (have community) in the cause of Christ. It is more a result than a goal.

This was GREAT! and I totally agree, especially for the Organic Church!

"Refrigerator Rights" is actually a book written by two Christians...the concept was inspired by their commitment to the "body of Christ" as the best example of how we are to live. You can read more about the book here:
http://www.willowcreek.com/wca_prod.asp?invtid=PR31546

"Refrigerator Rights" is actually a book written by two Christians...the concept was inspired by their commitment to the "body of Christ" as the best example of how we are to live. You can read more about the book here:
http://www.willowcreek.com/wca_prod.asp?invtid=PR31546

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