The final thing that booming Jesus movements have demonstrated throughout time (according to Alan Hirsch) is communitas. Communitas is much like the english word that resembles it, community, but there’s more. Communitas is like “community plus.” It is community plus (or with) a shared ordeal or mission.
Explosive Christian movements throughout time–like the one in the first century, like the Methodist movement in the late 18th and early 19th century and like the Church in China–have been galvanized by their shared ordeal and their mission and vice versa. They had communitas, which, as Alan Hirsch says, “happens in situations where individuals are driven to find each other through a common experience of ordeal, humbling, transition, and marginalization.” In essence, people of these movements found each other in the mission and in finding each other they discovered an amplified sense of their mission.
So, what’s our mission? What’s our shared ordeal?
Message from Sunday, May 24, 2015.