THOUGHTS ON TRANSFORMATIONAL COMMUNITIES
Last summer at my denomination’s annual conference, church leaders from around Eastern Michigan were encouraged to think about the question, “What does it mean to be a transformational community?” I just came across some of my thoughts I had jotted down on the topic and thought I would post them here.
When I hear “Transformational Communities” I think of groups of people who are committed to living life together for the purposes of dismantling the broken places in our lives and in the lives of those around us while making room for God to do his renewing work in us, rebuilding and restoring his image in his people and his creation. It’s kind of an “out with the old and dead” and “in with the new and fully alive” sort of thing.
That sounds like a great goal to me, but what does this look like? I think It can only happen as people are honest with who they really are, where they’ve been, and where they hope to be headed. In this place of honesty and authenticity, I think we can break free from whatever it is that dogs us. Whether it’s the need for approval, struggling with addictions, or wanting to force our way through life, when we see the truth about ourselves, and sometimes we can only do that when we are living in close enough relationships with others that they can hold up the mirror for us and tell us what they see, we can begin to let go of our stuff and let God replace our brokenness with his grace as we work in partnership with him to learn his ways.
Well, that was a mouthful. So what do think? What does it mean to be a transformational community?