You know when you’re an incarnational community when:
You have a group of friends who know they can come over, or call your cell phone without feeling like they’re bugging you.
You look at your weekly calendar and can find at least one or two times that you’ll be seeing several of them.
The question, “How’s it going?” is quickly followed by, “how can I help?”
The same people you call for a movie night are the same ones you call for prayer, and the same ones that you find yourself helping others with.
You can’t wait for your non-Christian friends to meet “your people.”
You are as excited to throw a party together as you are about studying through the book of Romans…but you still like studying Romans.
You watch each other’s kids and are on call for emergencies.
You can think of a few people you’ve had to suggest they go “play church” somewhere else.
You can’t find all your tools cuz they’ve been loaned out to people in your community.
You find yourself taking a hike together on Sunday morning instead of just going to church.
You meet together as a community to help serve the larger church gathering or network you’re a part of. (If by chance you don’t think you should be a part of a larger congregational structure, you’ll probably heading for myopic land and you’ll be out of community all-together in a few months.)
Everyone’s sniffed each others stinky socks (metaphor for knowing each others hidden secrets) and there’s now a freedom to just be yourself.
Extroverts get to be extroverts and introverts can remain introverts.
Your children feel like they are a part of the community instead of getting thrown into the basement to watch Veggie Tales until the big people are done talking.
When needs come up within the sphere of your friends, your people quickly pool resources or commit time to help.
When your house or the house of your community runs the social calendar for the neighborhood.
When you can take a month off from meeting and pick up right where you left off.
What do you think? Care to add to or subtract any of these?