Thriving communities integrate the gifts of community members into a collective whole. Residential Community seeks to create opportunities in day to day living in which the gifts of community members may be both recognized and utilized. Our intention is to encourage ownership and participation in order that the community of God may flourish.
Community Coordinators (CC) must offer a minimum of 1 event or opportunity to gather (OTG) per month. Intentional Community Coordinators (ICC) continually seek to empower the community in their shared, collaborative leadership of events and lifestyle. IC residents meet regularly (usually at least biweekly) to connect and facilitate their community life.
At least one or two large community events each quarter (one near the beginning of the quarter and one near the end) should be well planned and well advertised, and should be well thought out in terms of community collaboration. Other events each quarter may bring together smaller groups of community members, or create more informal large group activities.
Community Event Ideas:
· Have a Town Meeting every for residents to vision, brainstorm, and plan for their community.
· Organize a progressive dinner
· Encourage activities, which center around residents: i.e. celebrating a holiday from a culture represented.
· Draw upon a resident's skill in computers, cooking, crafts, etc. to teach others at a community event.
· Encourage resident hosting and planning of events, especially activities that interest them.
· Invite community members to something you are already doing or wanting to do (sporting activity or event, museum, concert, campus seminar or event).
· Use the Resident Questionnaire to get to know residents' desires, skills, and then follow-up on the info by involving them! (See samples in the "Forms" section)
· Foster caring for one another in day to day living, such as helping neighbors with meals, transportation, sharing resources, etc.
· Inspiring your community to assist and organize a booth at the Harvest Festival (a ResCom staff requirement) is another way collaborative communities are facilitated.
"For as in one body we have many members, and not all members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another." (Romans 12:4-5)