What is Community?

There is so much more to community than simply attending organized gatherings. While we live our lives in response to God for the benefit of others, we are still living in the ordinary moments, the day to day.

That is where Jesus is — in the ordinary moments.

Being near one another does not guarantee community. Christian community is about Jesus being at the center, transforming us together. Acknowledging His presence will radically change how we treat each other, love each other, and serve each other.

 

PRACTICAL STEPS TO BUILDING COMMUNITY

1. Find or form a group. Whether it be a community, affinity, topical, support or dinner group, we want to help you do life together. Just click to FIND A GROUP and check Community Groups (small groups) or Dinner Groups. If you'd like to start your own group, that's easy, too — just click to FORM A GROUP! In addition,  Barb Olsen can help you get connected with others or begin your own. Just drop her an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Not sure what to talk about? Check out the Group Resources on the right OR use the "Be in Community" section in your weekly worship guide!

2. Tell one other person this powerful truth: Jesus is here. Try it and see what happens. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus states that "for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

3. Think about the people with whom you are CURRENTLY doing life. Whether it is your family, friends or co-workers, consider how you can be more intentional about responding to God TOGETHER for the benefit of others.

4. Connect with others at Northland and within the local community by serving others, attending a class or by reaching out to those sitting around you during a worship service on-site or online!

5. Share your story. Connection often comes through shared experience and your story matters — someone needs to hear it. Share online, over coffee or within your group.

6. Join us online. Engage your Northland friends and family on Facebook, Twitter or for online worship.

Group Resources


If you're looking for additional low- or no-cost studies for your community group, you may be interested in the following:

  • Peacemakers by Ken Sande
  • Church Distributed by Dr. Joel C. Hunter (Book) (Study)
  • Inner State 80 by Dr. Joel C. Hunter (Book) (Travel Log)
  • "Be in Community" questions in the weekly worship guide.
  • DVD Studies: (Materials available for purchase in the bookstore)
    • Gospel in Life, Grace Changes Everything by Timothy Keller
    • Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
    • Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado
    • The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg
    • Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
    • The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels
  • Book Studies: (Materials available for purchase in the bookstore)
    • Radical or Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt
    • One Month to Live by Kerry Shook
    • Lord Teach Me to Pray in 28 Days by Kay Arthur
    • How to Read the Bible for all It’s Worth by Gordon Fee
    • The Lazarus Life: Spiritual Transformation for Ordinary People by Stephen Smith
    • Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

There are also several studies in the resource library at Northland at Longwood. Contact Suzanne McCutchen (smccutchen03@aol.com or 407 971-2050) for a list of those studies and their availability!

There are many opportunities to connect with others through Northland every day. We gather to
worship God, we gather to serve others and we gather to be equipped to respond to God. Below are some places you can go to connect and build community.

Happening Soon

  • Northland Jail & Prison Ministry Training
    Wednesday, July 9 from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
  • Special Guest: Gary Haugen
    Saturday, July 26 from 5 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Belong One-Day Membership Seminar
    Saturday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Helping Without Hurting Seminar
    Wednesday, October 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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