Series: The Acts of the Apostles and thriving communities

Our work as Christian leaders is to cultivate thriving communities that are foretastes of the kingdom of God. In this series of reflections, C. Kavin Rowe explores the Acts of the Apostles, which offers a picture of what the church needs to continue being the church.

The pattern of life in thriving communities
C. Kavin Rowe explores how the Acts of the Apostles pressures us to see the six features that are the essence of the church.

Networking: A feature of thriving communities
Community without communication is a contradiction, writes C. Kavin Rowe. The book of Acts makes this plain.

Visibility: A feature of thriving communities
Christians are those whose common life positions them for visibility in the world as a witness to Jesus Christ, writes C. Kavin Rowe.

Room for the weak in a thriving community
In Acts, writes C. Kavin Rowe, the apostles create a new church structure to address the neglect of widows, among the most vulnerable of people.

Incorporating disagreement is a mark of a thriving community
The Jerusalem Council, in Acts 15, offers three indispensable elements to processing conflict in the life of the church.

Why does your Christian community exist?
A community can thrive over time only if its members know why it exists and can communicate that with others.

Suffering is part of thriving
If we expect to see the kingdom of God, writes the New Testament scholar, we should expect to suffer.

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