Like you, I want to build community. One place to start is by doing things together—I’m glad we could do both the Walkathon (see photo) and the Holiday Market together. Another place to start building community is identifying and then addressing things that hinder community.
So, I asked my Facebook friends, “What hinders community?” Here are some of their responses:
- Pride, self-confidence, independence
- Not caring about people in general
- Fear of rejection, lack of transparency
- Lack of communication
An experienced Christian school leader reviewed these responses and provided a helpful overview: As someone on Facebook noted, it’s sin that keeps us from community. It’s selfishness, self-centeredness, looking out for ourselves, wanting to be first. We abuse our power (bullying, judgmentalism), we complain about what doesn’t suit us, we become cynical and critical. Selfishness leads to conflicts of all kinds, and lack of trust.
Bottom line: Build Christ-centered community.
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him