Small groups, families, committees, groups of friends, religious education classes, support groups: most congregations have these.
But most also have congregants who aren’t connected to any of these groups, or who participate quietly but mostly remain unknown. Of course, sometimes people choose not to connect, but many life situations are isolating: language difference, hearing loss, caregiving responsibilities, family conflict, and many other circumstances can make it difficult for some congregants to participate as fully in the community as they would like to.
If a faith community is a family of believers, it ideally will ensure that everyone is known and and cared for. The community will recognize that each individual brings something important to the table.
Making this happen, though, requires intentionality. It requires planning and follow-through to ensure that no one remains outside our circles of care and connection.
Amberley Collaborative organizer Meg Wallace has many years of experience in multiethnic and multilingual evangelical and Mennonite congregations with a variety of care structures, has written for publication on intentional communities, and has personal experience with disability and family dissolution. She can help your congregation build structures for care and connection in which all congregants can give and receive the gifts of fellowship.
To learn more or to schedule an initial consultation, please contact us: