the history of the church we there have been many many examples
of commual living. The early church lived communally, by eating
together daily. They lived in separate homes but daily gathered
together to share their food and lives. The monks of the early
church lived communally and it was very very efficient. In America
today, communal living is frowned upon as being cultish. However,
community living is a manifestation of the Body of Christ. It
also has some significant benefits. When people live together
and help one another, it is highly efficient, both in human cost
and financially. For example if a group of people bought a 25
acre plot of land and subdivided it for the benefit of the group
to build their homes on, there would be significant efficiency
to their working together. If a group of people contracted with
a farmer to produce all the food they needed, they would be able
to purchase the food at below wholesale instead of double or triple
that cost (retail). If a group with some skills and financial
resources purchased a business or developed one for the mutual
benefit of each other, they would be able to reap the benefits
of that business which would be greater than investing their funds
or working as a hireling.
Beyond just working
and living together when we help and love one another putting
others first there is synergy which happens. Synergy is the blessing
and grace of God added to the effortss of the individuals. This
is best demonstrated by the abilities of work horses. One horse
can pull about 12,000 lbs of weight, but two horses working togther
can pull not 24,000 lbs as expected but 32,000 lbs of weight.
There is a 25% increase in their ability and that is synergy.
It is our mission to awken the Church to the benefits of community,
and the synergistic benefits of community and unity in the reaching
out to the Lost.
In the coming
years more and more people are going to "fall through the
cracks of our society" with continued globalization it is
apparent that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting
poorer. The "baby boom" generation is retiring and many
with inadequate financial ability to live with dignity. The church
will be challenged to assist both Body members and the world.
Community living is the answer. Through community, unity and the
synergy (grace of God) found therein, the church will be able
to play a significant part in helping people and winning them
to Christ in the years to come.
A Journey In The Wilderness -
Becoming Fruitful In The Kingdom