Communitas not Community

In the book, The Forgotten Ways, that I have been reading as an applicatio of the book of Acts, Alan Hirsch advicates letting go of community in our churches and replacing it with communitas.  In community people are inward looking and seek to maintain and build the system that they have.  In communitas people rally around a cause and are outwardly focused to take it to those around them.

With community people are homogeneous and with communitas they are heterogeneous.  People will work with anyone to fulfill their call.

Studies released this week show that organized religion is on the decline.  People are predicting, using mathematical models, that religion will die out.

Going Deeper

Read the reports from CNN and the BBC and think what your response will be.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/23/religion-to-go-extinct-in-9-countries-experts-predict/?hpt=C2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12811197

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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