7 key elements of a holistic, healthy, growing, missional community. To find out more go to http://www.wearethetribe.org.
1 INVITE OTHERS
You can’t change the world alone, and you definitely can’t have community by yourself. A Tribe community should be inclusive in nature, allowing space for people in every stage of their faith journey.
2 GATHER REGULARLY
Communities are expected to come together at least one time each month but the best communities are those that ‘live life’ together. The goal is to become a spiritual family on mission.
3 EAT TOGETHER
Eating together isn’t just practical, it’s spiritual. Engaging in the practice of sharing meals brings friends closer together and creates space for natural conversation and story-telling. Eating is literally communion when Jesus is invited to the table.
4 PRAY EXPECTANTLY
Similar to marriage, the community that prays together stays together. Prayer, worship, and listening to the Holy Spirit are the FUEL for everything else your community does. If you don’t have this element, then everything else your community does will quickly become superficial.
5 LEARN SCRIPTURE
When you’re not growing, you’re dying. To ensure that your community stays healthy make sure to spend time learning together. Studying the scripture and exploring Truth in it’s various forms should be a challenging and transforming part of your regular gathering.
6 BLESS LOCALLY
This is the element that turns your community from just another small group into a vehicle of kingdom restoration. Blessing locally means getting out of your house, with your friends, to make a difference in the lives of those around you. If you’re not getting your hands dirty, you’re probably not on the mission of Jesus.
7 ENGAGE GLOBALLY
Last, but not least, every community should make time to interact on an international level. We live in an age where the whole world is just one tap away and the opportunities are endless. Your community should explore ways they can bring hope, salt, and light to those in greatest need. Go!