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10 Ways to Build Your Church Community

You are the Church. That's right, you. You are your church community. If it weren't for people like you, churches would be empty and lonely places. The truth is that the health of your church depends on how well members engage in meaningful relationships with one another and with God through worship (spiritual) as well as service (physical). Here are ways to build your church community.



1. Devote Yourself to Church Ministry



Be willing to volunteer for anything and everything. Don't have the skills? Learn them. Be a part of every committee. If you visit other local churches around, find out what they are doing that works. Share your knowledge with others.



2. Follow Christ's Example of Service



Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Serve your church in Tucson in ways that no one else is willing to do, and then teach others to be servant leaders. Things like cleaning and serving are a great way to develop humility and build relationships with people you would not have interacted with otherwise.



3. Get Involved With New Members



Establish a mentoring program for new members to match up with experienced members who will help them transition into leadership roles within the church as soon as possible. Almost every church has some kind of orientation process, but it can sometimes feel unstructured if the person is simply left on their own after they've been exposed to all there is about being a part of your church community.



4. Pursue Spiritual Growth for the Sake of God, Not Yourself



As Christians, we shouldn't be selfishly seeking our own happiness or fulfillment. We should be surrendering to God and letting Him use us as vessels of His grace and mercy for the sake of others. This is spiritual growth at work.



5. Demonstrate Love to Others Without Looking for Gain



Truly loving others will create genuine fellowship where people can trust one another. Encourage your church members to show compassion toward each other even though they don't agree on everything and be a good example of serving others without seeking anything in return.



6. Overcome Your Fears About Growth



Help your church look past its comfort zone by encouraging healthy conflict within the community and listening for opportunities to reach out with God's love to those who need it most. We can grow as Christians together when we're willing to speak the truth in love rather than remaining silent for fear of offending someone.



7. Hold One Another Accountable



One of the best ways to keep each other accountable is to remember that we are all sinners saved by grace. We need Jesus, individually and collectively.



8. Embrace the Need for Change, but Don't Let it Control You



Encourage your church members to be willing to have open and honest discussions about what you can do better spiritually and practically as a church body. However, don't let that discussion turn into a debate about who's right or wrong. Chances are good that if you've done 1-7 above, then there's probably something God wants to teach your church through whatever difficulties it may face.



9. Make Church Fun and Enjoyable for All Ages



It's important that you create an environment where people of all ages feel welcome and grow in discipleship together. This will help break down barriers to your church community -- it builds relationships instead of walls between people.



10. Don't Give Up.



The apostle Paul had many struggles, including being on trial, stoned, shipwrecked, and imprisoned, but he never gave up. We, too, are called to persevere through whatever trials we face in our communities. We need to stay strong when it seems like everything is collapsing around us.



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Building a church community is challenging, but it's also something that can be done in healthy and sustainable ways. The key is to keep things healthy by doing them in the right order and on the right track. So, what steps can you take to help promote spiritual growth among your church family? Come share it with us at Horizon Church in Tucson, AZ.

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