The Well…Creating an Intentional Community
We have lost our extended family due to our geographical migrations. The more you move, the fewer close relationships you are likely to have because it simply hurts to have to leave those you love. We tend to isolate and insulate ourselves from this type of relational pain. The desire to avoid the pain also keeps us from being in intentional community, and meaningful relationships with others. While it may seem like a workable strategy, in the long run we suffer from it.
Humans are “tribal” people. We thrive in tribes, or groups or twenty to fifty. We find balance, have places to check out our crazy ideas, and even share resources inside of our “tribe.” We raise children better in “tribes.” It doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes a tribe. Most importantly, we grow spiritually best in the context of a tribe. When twenty to fifty people surround us that know, love, and trust us, we can explore our spiritual life at a deeper level. We open ourselves up to new levels of accountability and vulnerability because we have a community that will hold us up to live at a new level and hold us together if our life falls apart.
The idea of The Well, that illusive “third place” that I have written about over the past couple of years is centered around the idea of creating a place that creates “tribes,” or missional communities. It would be built around the concept of creating intentional missional communities of twenty to fifty that learn, love, and lean on each other and that would unite and worship with other “tribes” in weekly celebrations. Each tribe would also have two to three smaller groups within it to foster deeper learning and higher accountability.
Below is a video that highlights these types of communities as central means of creating both spiritual formation systems and missional action. I look forward to your reflections and comments. I remain:
Consumed by the Call,
Soma Communities - Tacoma, WA from Verge Network on Vimeo.