Communities of Practice

Shared Practices

 

The following shared practices are the commitments all member communities of practice agree to include as the focus and consistent practices of their community.  Each of these practices will manifest differently at each community.  You will find the specifics of such commitments on the websites of the partner communities.

Regular Spiritual Practices

Participants will engage in regularly scheduled spiritual practices, preferably on a daily basis.  Examples of practices include but are not limited to:  Bible studies, various forms of worship, book studies, scripture reading, and prayer practices.

Experience in Communal Living

Participants will experience aspects of living simply in a community of faith. This translates into community made and shared meals, rotation of household chores, and limited community resources. Participants will engage in regular community meetings to remain both supportive and accountable to themselves and the larger community. 

Participation in a worshiping community

Understanding the value of a connection to a broader Christian community, exploration of faith through various modes of worship is encouraged. In addition to participation in a worshiping community of a Christian tradition, this may also include visiting and observing other faith traditions and/or participating in different non-traditional ministries of local churches.

Discernment/reflection

Solo and group discernment/reflective practices are necessary to allow participants to explore the questions of who am I, who is God calling me to be, how do I fit in community, and how can I continue to build community after this experience. Opportunities for practice of these discerned calls are also necessary and may include service to the community through unique gifts, connection between participants and outside entities specializing in expressed interests, and the enabling of autonomous choices.

Communal Work Experience/Opportunities

Communal work is twofold in nature. Participants take part in internal communal work to benefit their intentional community. It is done not out of of a sense of obligation, but rather increase understanding that each participant is an essential part of the whole body of Christ. Participants also take part in external communal work as a community to benefit others. External communal work emphasizes that the community exists to be active in the world; God calls us to a Holy task, therefore work is an act of faith.

Accountable Skill Building (professional/life/personal)

Understanding that the Christian life is a journey and not a destination, our communities celebrate successes and affirm that failures are learning opportunities. Participants take part in professional, personal, and life skill building experiences. These experiences should be diverse and robust, depending in their nature on the ministry site. Examples of some skills can include cooking for groups, carpentry, group facilitation, public speaking, time management, grant writing, and many more.