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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Blog Update

Hi readers! Just a quick note to address the reason for my absence in recent weeks.  It’s because I’m working on a new e-book tentatively titled “X Tips for Building Healthier Small Groups and Communities.”  There’s an X because I don’t know exactly how many tips there will be yet.  Also, the title is just Continue Reading…

You’re Not the Head of Your Neighborhood

Attempting to love your neighbor as yourself can be discouraging.  There are times when you can feel alone in your endeavors.  You might feel like you’re the one who always has to do the initiating.  You might feel like your effort is disproportionate to the effort of those around you. It’s at these times when Continue Reading…

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…