The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups

Paperback | September 16, 2003

byJoseph R. Myers

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A practical guide for those struggling to build a community of believers in a culture that wants to experience belonging over believing Who is my neighbor? Who belongs to me? To whom do I belong? These are timeless questions that guide the church to its fundamental calling. Today terms like neighbor, family, and congregation are being redefined. People are searching to belong in new places and experiences. The church needs to adapt its interpretations, definitions, and language to make sense in the changing culture. This book equips congregations and church leaders with tools to: • Discern the key ingredients people look for in community • Understand the use of space as a key element for experiencing belonging and community • Develop the “chemical compound” that produces an environment for community to spontaneously emerge • Discover how language promotes specific spatial belonging and then use this knowledge to build an effective vocabulary for community development • Create an assessment tool for evaluating organizational and personal community health

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A practical guide for those struggling to build a community of believers in a culture that wants to experience belonging over believing Who is my neighbor? Who belongs to me? To whom do I belong? These are timeless questions that guide the church to its fundamental calling. Today terms like neighbor, family, and congregation are being ...

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A practical guide for those struggling to build a community of believers in a culture that wants to experience belonging over believing Who is my neighbor? Who belongs to me? To whom do I belong? These are timeless questions that guide the church to its fundamental calling. Today terms like neighbor, family, and congregation are being...

Joseph R. Myers is a multiprenuer, interventionist, and thinker. He is a founding partner of a communication arts group, SETTINGPACE, and owns a consulting firm, FrontPorch, which specializes in creating conversations that promote and develop community.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 16, 2003Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310255007

ISBN - 13:9780310255000

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ContentsForeword: Coach John Wooden 2Foreword: Leonard Sweet 4Those Who Show Up Along the Way (an introduction) 61. The Myths of Belonging 92. Longing to Belong 233. "Give Me Some Space" 354. Group Chemistry 595. Trading Spaces 876. Searching for a Front Porch 1197. What Now? Finding Harmony 135Bibliography 156End Notes 168Index 176