Practical Help for Building Healthy Community

You desire community. Everyone does – because it is what we were made for. But, you (and I) were born into a “me culture” that has trained us to live individualistic lifestyles. Since we have little concept of what true community is like and how it functions, our attempts at it are typically relegated to guesswork – which usually ends in failure.  This site is designed to have conversations about building community - giving you (and I) the knowledge and direction it takes to change these results.

The content is written by me, Michael Fleming.  I’ve been studying the subject of building community for over 15 years.  I first became interested in the subject in my college years when I started reading radical books about God’s eternal purpose and the deeper Christian life.  My studies combined with my family history (or should I say lack thereof) has created a burning passion in my heart to contribute to the goal of seeing close-knit biblical organic Kingdom community be expressed all around me.  This passion is what motivates me to dedicate my life to writing, sharing and training people toward this end in my free time.

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The Chances Your Group Will Live Happily Ever After

People are going to bug you.  Of course, you never bug them, right? One of the biggest obstacles that exists in the development of relationships and community is how we handle annoyances.  The truth is most of us aren’t very good at it.  Most parents don’t train their kids at it because most parents aren’t Continue Reading…

Which Relationships Should You Focus On?

The best way forward, then, is to invest time in relationships with those who seem open and responsive.  When you sense that people are responding to your efforts to neighbor well, then invest time and energy in them.  If they don’t, be secure enough to move on.   -The Art of Neighboring You won’t like Continue Reading…

Where the Community Fun Ends and the Hard Work Begins

Yes, technology and architecture have been major factors in the destruction of the experience of community in our culture.  If you so dare to take the plunge and swim upstream against these cultural currents, there’s an obstacle you will encounter that’ll be the hardest of all to deal with.  It may be the biggest reason Continue Reading…

It’s Not Better to Give Than Receive. It’s Better to Do Both.

When a community of reciprocity is created, there are real opportunities to serve and be served.  Then a neighborhood becomes less isolated and more self-sufficient as a whole.  A feeling of “we can do this together” is created, and that’s healthy.     -The Art of Neighboring There is a programmed tendency in the human brain Continue Reading…

It’s Not Your Job to Sell Christ to Your Neighbors

We don’t love our neighbors to convert them; we love our neighbors because we are converted.  -The Art of Neighboring If you love your neighbor for the primary sake of evangelism, you will get yourself into trouble.  You will inevitably press the issue at inappropriate times, very likely causing your neighbor to distance themselves from Continue Reading…