April 30, 2015

Koinonia is communicable!

Don’t panic but there is a serious case of koinonia that is spreading through South Suburban EFC!

Koinonia, of course, is the New Testament term often translated fellowship. The most basic meaning of the term is “share.” It speaks of community — sharing things in common. Koinonia in the Body of Christ is simply to share life — the Life of Christ — so we “have all things in common” (Acts 4:32).

A vital part of community is communication as we share all things in common, including our worship, encouragement, instruction and our very lives. Recognizing this, along with the challenges of building good communication, let’s identify some key community gatherings where we partner in the life of our local body.

Congregational Meetings: The purpose of these meetings (which are held in February, May, and October) is to report and approve the corporate decisions of our shared partnership, including matters regarding our budget and board. These meetings are to affirm matters that we’ve discussed, prayed about, and given input to through our other two community gatherings. The next congregational meeting is our annual meeting on May 31.

Community Life Fellowship: These meetings often are like family round-table discussions and will be characterized by prayer, discussion, input gathering and fun. We schedule them around times of special celebration and partnership. The next Community Life Fellowship will take place on July 12 and will highlight our Rosebud mission. We will schedule three to six CLFs per year and post them on the calendar so you can plan to share in them.

Overseer Open Forum: These meetings are a new communication opportunity for our church family. They are informal times that allow members to ask questions or seek details regarding upcoming decisions. For example, the Overseer Open Forum on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. is scheduled for those who might want to ask specific questions of nominated overseers, budget matters, or whatever is on your mind and heart. The only agenda is your questions and the context is a small group with the overseers.

– Pastor Mike