Belong: The Beautiful Mess of Community
All of us long for true belonging, and all of us have a dream of what that looks like. In reality, however, our search for belonging is often a whole lot messier, more uncomfortable, and more awkward than we imagined it would be. What do we do when our dream for belonging clashes with reality?
In our effort to belong to a church, we are also searching for a meaningful story, authentic community, beautiful truth, faithful friends, compelling mission, and a place that feels like home. What happens when we experience a disconnect with any of those desires? Will we give up on our search to belong or will we keep pressing in? In the process, how do we deal with our fears of rejection, discomfort, failure, and being wrong? How does the mystery of belonging to Christ influence our struggle to find true belonging to story, community, truth, friends, mission, and place?
In this eight-week series, we will explore various practical barriers to belonging, the things we can do address those barriers, the wild side of the search for belonging that is out of our control, and the opportunities along the way to embrace more deeply our mysterious belonging to Christ and his body. Will you embrace the invitation? Will you extend the invitation to others?
Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community by Brett McCracken (2017)
The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups by Joseph Myers (2003)
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown (2017)