Last week I enjoyed the privilege of an IHOP breakfast with Alan, Matt and Mike Tilley during the Exponential09:Art of Movements Conference. We affirmed God’s amazing, expansive work in the world through normal people. I appreciate these humble and courageous brothers in Christ.
Alan’s talk on communitas (not community) during the conference confirmed much of my own movement-planting experiences in the US and East Asia. As Alan says:
The most vigorous forms of community are those that come together in the context of a shared ordeal or, communities who define themselves as a group with a mission that lies beyond themselves—thus initiating a risky journey. Over-concern with safety and security, combined with comfort and convenience, have lulled us out of our true calling and purpose. Everyone loves an adventure. Or do we?
If you’re wrestling with a burden for the unchurched post-everything generation, Matt’s recent book The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community may help. I finished it this morning on my new Kindle.