Our third core value is community. Why? Because God has revealed Himself to us as a God of community within unity. Bible reveals that He has existed for eternity as One God (unity) in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (community). Christians call this the doctrine of the Trinity. Within the Trinity there is perfect unity and community. And we are told that this Triune God has created us for community as well, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, after our likeness'" (Genesis 1:26). One element of this image and likeness is community, relationships.
Every person has a desire to love and be loved. Every person has a desire to connect with others on a significant level. This is why Christian community through the Gospel is so crucial for the church.
In his book, Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them, Ed Stetzer writes:
The foundational premise of community is that life is meant to be experienced together. Community is about intimately journeying through life with those who surround you. That may be found, to some degree, with those that live across the globe but will more likely be found among those you personally interact with on a regular basis. Truth be told—we need one another...Community is the love of God manifesting itself in and through the people of God.
At The Well, we see community as a vital part of our discipleship process. We believe that once a person responds to the Gospel and begins their journey to worship Jesus as their God they won't go much further in their walk without the love and support of a community.
As a wise man once said, "there are no lone-rangers in the Christian life." We believe that is absolutely true yet so often neglected among Christians in today's churches.
We fully acknowledge that there are many ways to "do community" within the church, but the way we've chosen to do it is, primarily, through community groups that will meet in homes on a weekly basis. These groups will be led by trained men and women and will offer those who attend time to build relationships, talk about their lives, discuss what they've been learning through the Scriptures and the Sunday sermons, time to simply enjoy one another's company, and live on mission with one another.
We know from the Scriptures and personal experience that being a community of faith is vital to accomplish our final core value, mission.