For this post, I had the privilege of talking with several friends of mine as well as a few adults about the importance of Christian community. Some names have been changed.
One of the things I miss the most out of all the things we’ve lost by sheltering in place during this pandemic is my community. Even though I get to see them on video calls, it isn’t the same. Through these last few weeks I’ve realized how much my church, youth group and girls’ group is important to me.
Even if we can’t meet in person, community is important for Christians, because it will be there in the hard times and good times, and it can stay with you for your whole life.
The Importance of Community
Because I wanted to hear what friends in my community had to say about this topic, I asked them this question: Is community important for Christians?
“I would have said no five years ago,” Leah said. “However, after growing in my relationship with God and others, I understand that God made community for a purpose and we should all embrace it.”
I strongly relate to what Leah said. I am still a bit of a shy person and there was a time I didn’t like going to youth group, but now youth group is a positive experience in my life.
Gedmaah said, “Yes, because friends and family can help you through things in your life.”
I think that’s an important point. I love the song “No Man Is An Island” by Tenth Avenue North because it really points out that we’re not meant to live this life alone.
“Yes. I think it’s important because we can encourage and help our fellow believers,” Dani said. “It has helped me trust in God more, and has helped strengthen my belief in Him.”
Dani brings up an important point which reminds me of this verse:
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV).
An important point of community is encouragement and support for one another.
R. L. said. “Yup! Well, for one thing [the friends] make me want to engage in that community more, which makes me make more friendships, which starts this feedback loop where it all happens again.”
I like what R. L. had to say hear because I agree. When I only went to youth group sporadically, I didn’t find a connection. But when I make a point to come every time, I feel more connected and get to know more people.
Community is great for helping us to grow in faith and keeping us accountable. I love what all of my friends had to say. Thank you Leah, Gedmaah, Dani, R. L. and Eliana!
My Community Has Been There in the Hard Times and the Good Times
For these next sections I talked to some adults in my life about how community has made an impact in their lives. The amazing thing about community is that they’ll be there through it all. Through hard times and good times.
“When my mom was dying from cancer, our community of friends came around us bringing meals, helping to clean house, sending cards, texts, and emails, and even helping with the funeral itself,” Christy said.
She also said, “Most recently, our Christian school community had a Fall Festival in which we shared in a chili cook-off, a cake walk, and even dancing! It was such a blast and helped deepen relationships, create memories, and get to know people better.”
Life is full of ups and downs, and our community will be a part of both the ups and downs in life.
The Lasting Impact of Community
Having a youth group or community isn’t just for teens. Christian community is something that can be with you your whole life.
“I am still friends today with people I met almost 20 years ago,” Nancy said. “I feel like they know me on a deeper level because of our faith and because of praying together. There is a bond created with other people when you share your prayer requests (needs) and have faith together that God will answer your prayers.”
Isn’t that an amazing thing? I hope I can stay in touch with my friends even after I graduate from youth group. Thank you Christy and Nancy for your answers!
Community is important for Christians in so many ways, encouragement, accountability, and friendship. I can hardly wait for the restrictions to be lifted so I can see everyone soon.
What do you think? Do you think community is important?
What would you add? Would you like to be interviewed in a post like this?
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