After the last year of Church community getting rocky and rough, I jumped at the chance to review Ben Connelly’s book A Field Guide for Genuine Community: 25 Days & 101 Ways to Move From Facade to Family from Moody Publishing. I knew our church community needed something to help us and guide us to growing into a healthier family as things opened up. I knew we needed something to help us not go back to “normal”, but to continue growing as a family.
This book has a wonderful, simple, approachable layout for a topic that is deeper and more complex in reality. Connelly addresses some of the false beliefs many believers, especially in the west have bought into and unpacks what true Biblical community is. He also gives very practical ideas for creating opportunities to grow into genuine community.
This would be a great book to do with a group, or better yet as a church wide initiative. I am still pondering how and when to share it with my church family. It is an encouraging book and a helpful reframing of community. It was also helpful in adding language and ideas to what I saw over the last couple of years. It helped give me a better understanding to why the disconnects happened and are happening.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a book that is very approachable in its discussion on community. I would highly recommend grabbing a few copies and going through it with a group. It is super practical without feeling fluffy or impossible.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for an honest review from Moody Publishing