This blog article was originally written on April 17, 2015 and reprinted from JonPlotner.com.

Community. It’s a buzz word in the church world these days. Leaders are doing everything within their power to create it. Whether it’s a small group strategy or guest follow-up, as church leaders, we are attempting to do a better job in order to make a safe place for people to connect.

In my attempt to participate in creating community, I’ve stumbled upon a simple approach . . . an approach that takes a lot more time to execute. It requires more effort. And the results don’t necessarily translate into a trendy, retweetable technique for social media gone viral. However, it’s simple, but it’s work. Hard work. But if you really care, it’s quite easy.

Know their name.

Over the last few months, I’ve consciously attempted to get to the names of those that I serve and sit alongside. If you’re like me, you see the same faces week after week. You might have caught their name weeks or months ago, but for the life of you, you can’t remember it. We need to change that. I’ve had to change that. I’ve had to care enough to work hard at remembering. But honestly, I cheat. I write their names down now. I walk away from a conversation with their name still in my mind, and I translate that into my technology — aka my iPhone. I jot down their name in my list of notes along with a couple of reminders about their story. Continue reading “#TheirNamesAre”

Welcome to Our Blog

Hello Friends! This is our first blog post on our new, New Life Community blog. If you’re visiting, you’re likely a Section or Group Leader. This blog is a resource just for you. Our hope is that the material we provide for you here will be inspirational and encouraging and will ultimately equip you to be better at what you do — care for people at New Life.

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The Community Team — Jon, Lance, Christine, Kortnee, & Lisa