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6.22.2005

Belonging? Busy?

I wouldn't worry too much about whether or not your congregation will get involved. Even though everyone is so busy, the desire to belong is greater than their busy feeling. In fact, this need for belonging is the strongest felt need in society. So be encouraged that you're on the right track toward meeting people where they are.
- "Three Ways to Get Small Groups Going" by Brett Eastman, Lifetogether
Maybe it's different here, but I get the feeling that "busy" wins out over "belonging" most of the time. There's almost always a good reason for not connecting, and it's almost always schedule-related. That statement just kind've jumped off the page. Good article.

5 Comments:

Blogger Julie Anne Fidler said...

Golly gee willickers, Rick...
Would ya PICK A BLOG HOME and stay there??? Sheesh...

I love the caffeine concept, though. It's the Christian drug of choice. :-)

22/6/05 9:57 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

heh heh heh - i blog at one spot for decades, then switch for ten months, and now this - coffee, stirred not shaken.

22/6/05 10:05 PM  
Blogger janet said...

It suits you, though. And I blame you for my own upheaval. I just couldn't bare to make everyone change their links. (unlike someone we all know)

As for the busy thing... It's true that the need to belong is high. The problem is with all the scheduling, that need is being met, sort of. The trick is feeling loved. You can belong without being loved, but you can't be loved and not belong.

Man, I hope that came out right. Pass the caffeine, will ya?

23/6/05 12:15 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

aaaahh yes, "busy means belonging". that makes sense...

23/6/05 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can handle the scheduling as long as it's consistent - unless of course I end up with sick kids. It's when small groups (like the one we're in) meet every few weeks on either a Saturday or a Sunday - according to no set schedule - that we have problems fitting it in. Family comes from out of town, friends invite us over or we have them over. The last meeting, we already had plans because we didn't find out about it until the day before. Our next meeting is on for "sometime in early July". Give me a date, please! I know we'll be out of town the weekend of the Fourth, but when will it be? We want to make plans with some other friends and feel like we can't do anything until we find out specifics about our small group. Yeah, I'm all for consistency. Sorry about the rant!

Ashley
http://chapter4.diary-x.com

23/6/05 8:23 AM  

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