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Creating Community at Christmas

artboard-1My wife and I recently moved into a new condo unit which is nestled in a community that houses several other units, each accommodating four families. We were excited to begin the process of meeting new people and discerning who God's Spirit may be preparing for us to meet. However, it quickly became evident that meeting new people would be a challenge.

Unlike single-family homes where homeowners are periodically outside working on landscaping or raking leaves, the outside properties of condos and townhomes are maintained by the association and the companies they hire for services. In addition, the layout of our condo units allows each family to enter their place from the garage without ever seeing the light of day.

Wanting to meet our new neighbors and not seeing any other option, we took the risk of simply knocking on their doors, introducing ourselves, and inviting them to our place for a Sunday afternoon of Christmas desserts. To our surprise, everyone we invited not only was enthusiastic about the idea, but each one came. We sat together at our dining room table for three hours sharing great conversation—and the food wasn't so bad either.

One interesting comment made by several is that they had lived in the condo units for 10 years or more, and this was the first time they had been in someone else's unit. It reminded us that people are hungry for community. To discover this only takes stepping out of our comfort zone and taking the risk of initiating contact. Our hope is that this will be the beginning step in building authentic relationships that will lead to a Q Place.

But each step will demand the same level of intentionality, so we must pray and plan for the next touch-point with these same neighbors.

Ron Mangin
Chicago