Have you ever noticed that some relationships seem to progress faster than others? Or perhaps you’ve noticed that a friendship seems to leap ahead after a weekend, or a meal together? Why is that?
Obviously some people have the knack of making us feel like an old friend the moment we meet, whilst at other times you find someone you just click with. Yet, there are some friendships which have ordinary beginnings and become great, often very quickly. Why is that? Could it be that there are some simple keys to developing community or a relationship that help them grow?
- Relational connection: If we discover we have a common friend or history with someone, perhaps we grew up in the same area or went to the same school, this helps a friendship develop faster. Perhaps it’s because we feel it tells us something about the person. If you want to invest in a relationship, get to know the other person’s story. Perhaps there is a connection or point of commonality? Have a chat with someone you don’t know at Mosaic, get to know their story, maybe you have more in common than you think?
- Common experience: When we do something with another, it has the power to draw us closer to them. It is part of the reason a camaraderie develops amongst people who play sport together. When you come to a church social activity, whether it be an organic group, watching the movie War Room on the 19th March or coming to the church Picnic on Anzac Day, these are opportunities to share an experience with others at Mosaic. When we serve together on a team, whether it be the Garage Sale, Youth Ministry, Morning Tea Roster or any number of different ways, the process of serving with others will also help your relationships go deeper with others.
- Shared meal: When we share a meal or catch up for coffee, there is something in the dynamic of this which helps a relationship grow. In our evening service, sharing a meal is a key part of what we do and is a great way to foster a stronger sense of community. When we have our Dinner or Lunches for 8, these are opportunities for us to share a meal with others. Our coffee clubs offer the same dynamic. If you want to invest in community simply share a meal. Perhaps it’s time to revive the Sunday lunch where you open your home and invite some people over for a meal after church? Perhaps organise to go to the beach and share some fish and chips with someone from Mosaic or catch up for coffee during the week? These small things are a significant contribution to community.
Can I invite you to take a step to building community this week. Get to know someone’s story, get involved in the life of Mosaic and share a meal. These simple steps make a significant impact on the relationships you enjoy with others at Mosaic.