Community purpose

I believe that a community, in order to be a community, must serve a higher purpose than their own existence. They must fulfill Christ’s command to feed the hungry, heal the brokenhearted, comfort the afflicted, visit the imprisoned and free the captive. There are as many ways to do those things as there are people with problems. What binds a community isn’t the how, it’s the what. The how is an expression of the communities combined talents and desires, its Charism.

Here is a bunch of families following their Charism. The how of what they are doing isn’t nearly as important as the what…

The Urban Farming Guys:


About cptcaveman

An Army Major, my family and I are in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. We enjoy photography, cooking, reading and outdoor sports like hunting, fishing and trapping.
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4 Responses to Community purpose

  1. aleph says:

    are we called to be or to do

    Which is more important? and where is the balance between these?

    what is the point of balance to which you are called?

  2. aleph says:

    what is on your heart? what charism finds its expression in your life?

    what have people said you are good at?
    what do you enjoy doing?
    who are you when you are figuratively naked – without the mask that we all wear so often (at least I do)

  3. cptcaveman says:

    Ill play Plato to your Socrates!

    It has to start at the individual level, it has to be about becoming. Becoming closer to God, becoming more His, becoming freer. Then, and only then, it becomes about doing, because change in state results in a release of energy that results in action. Its as inevitable as a chemical change of state.

    The purpose of the community is to facility this becoming. Sometimes through individual or corporate doing, sometimes through individual or corporate being.

    Personally, I think my charism lies in teaching. Im also a good person at bringing people together and reducing their friction. I enjoy planning and building. I thrive on bringing people to know freedom they already have.

    Thanks for asking great questions, more to follow…

  4. aleph says:

    you are welcome Plato. I love asking questions

    I heard a story of a Rabbi whose disciple thought he had an answer to one of the questions that the Rabbi had been considering for a long time. Before he could speak the Rabbi slapped him on the cheek, saying “why do you want an answer when you have a perfectly good question there?”

    I love questions, so am very happy to ask – just tell me to shut up from time to time, and to get real. Asking questions can be a way to hide.

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