Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

4 Benefits of Intentional Community

There is something very special about the church. Very few other places do you find so many people of different generations, races, and backgrounds – as the apostle Paul puts it in a few of his letters, we are many parts, but one body. It’s extremely beautiful and I am deeply thankful to be a part of the body.

When I think about the times that I have grown the most – spiritually and personally – they have all been in the midst of a community with like-minded people pursuing the same goal.

It’s not always easy to find, but it’s an invaluable resource to have in your life. Here are 4 big reasons why I live my life in intentional community:

1. Wisdom

In my short years here on earth, I am constantly reminded that I don’t know everything. I come a specific background, from a certain time period, and a point of view that is unique to me. What is so freeing about being in healthy community, is that we get to be invited into other’s world views and gain wisdom from it other. It creates a wide perspective.

2. Encouragement

Life can bring about disappointments and tough situations, and we can quickly become blinded by the issues that seem to be pressing in from all sides. I’ve found that when I bring my struggles to my group of people, I am reminded about who I am, and what is most important. And even better, I find people who are willing to commit to praying for me and will support me though the hard times.

3. Celebration

We all need cheerleaders. So often culture teaches us that other’s successes are our defeats, but that should never be the case. When something great happens, a community celebrates together.

4. Challenge

Community challenges you to be a better person. Proverbs 27:7 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” The way that iron sharpens iron is through friction. And while this can be one of the biggest reasons someone may avoid intentional community, sometimes the best thing for us can be honest, raw truth spoken in love.

If this sounds like something that you are looking for, I’ve got great news for you: It’s groups season at West Salem Foursquare. Our biggest hope is that you would find a safe group of like-minded people that you can grow with this spring.

-Pastor Katie Mayer

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