The Power of Community

As I shared in my post, What is the Secret of Teams?, one of the things we’ve discovered over the years is that the best teams not only have talented people and the requisite skills, they possess a powerful third ingredient – we call it Community. It’s what separates the great teams from the good ones. It is the turbo-charger for great team performance.

Here’s a working definition: Community is a place where people know each other deeply, serve each other willingly, celebrate each other enthusiastically, and mourn the setbacks in life together. It’s a place characterized by genuine care and concern for each member of the team.
I’m thankful I’ve been part of a community like this on several occasions during my life. We’ve laughed together, cried together, buried children and parents and even members of our community. We’ve willingly sacrificed for members of the group. We’ve given our time, encouragement, accountability and correction to each other. We’ve done life together. It’s really beyond my ability to put in to words the power, the joy and the potential that resides in genuine community.
As you read this, I hope you know exactly what I’m trying to describe. I hope you’ve experienced it also. If you have, you realize there’s no substitute for it! If you haven’t yet been part of a community like the one I’ve just tried to describe, I hope you’re asking one question:

How do you create Community?

There’s no formula, but there are some things you can do to fuel the process. Here are a few of them:

  • Be intentional – Community rarely forms spontaneously.
  • Go slow – don’t force it.
  • Celebrate the little things as well as the big wins.
  • Express gratitude and appreciation freely.
  • Find ways to serve others on the team.
  • Put the needs of the team ahead of your own.
  • Be vulnerable.
  • Think about activities you can do together with your team.
  • Make building community an ongoing priority – not an afterthought.
  • Never stop looking for ways to do life together.
  • Be patient – creating genuine Community requires time.

When have you experienced the type of Community I’ve described above? What were some of the factors that helped your group create these authentic, caring relationships with one another? Please share your ideas in the comment section below so others can learn from your journey.

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Hassan

9 years ago

Thanks for a nice share you have given to us with such an large celtoclion of information. Great work you have done by sharing them to all. Simply superb.

mark

9 years ago

Thanks for taking time to comment!

Shaun

9 years ago

Hi there!
I saw this post after reading about your post on millennials. I was curious to know what does community look like to you? Right now a lot of people are talking about community in the Church and I loved reading your thoughts. However, I saw words that were more revolved around the feeling of community instead of what it actually looks like.
For someone in the western church, specifically millennials, what could they *see* that would help them know what community is?
I guess the reason why I ask this is because millennials are really the first generations that have grown up in planned communities. So the false sense of community may need to be expelled, and replaced with a “Kingdom” understanding of community. How would you explain to them what it looks like?
Love to hear your thoughts!

Shaun

8 years ago

Posting again because I never received a response to my previous comment. I was really curious to hear your thoughts!!!
Thank you!!!

mark

8 years ago

I’m so sorry. I have been working to respond to every comment. I’m not sure how I missed yours. Thanks for checking back in.
Community is a great topic – I’m glad you’re interested in pursuing it! I think it looks and feels like a place where people do life together. I also think there are two fundamental types of community. You might want to think about capital “C” community as the type Christ Followers can experience in a Biblically Functioning church. You can see a description of this type Community in Acts 2. According to the text, it was amazing “…people were in awe.” There’s also the lower case “c” community. It is a powerful phenomena as well. It is the type I refer to in my post. It is built on the basic human need to belong; to be known; to feel cared for and to contribute to something bigger than yourself. I hope this helps. Sorry again for not responding previously. Mark

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