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Communities of Theological Friendship
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Barry Ensign-George

(800) 728-7228, ext. 5655

barry.ensign-george@pcusa.org

What is a community of theological friendship?

 A community of theological friendship is a:

  • small group of pastoral leaders;
  • meeting together over a sustained period of time;
  • praying and worshipping together when they gather;
  • engaging in theological conversation – reflecting on God and God’s ways in their lives, in the world, and through the church, awaiting God’s presence as a participant in their life together.

“Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:24-25 

 

Jesus Christ knits us to one another.  The Holy Spirit unites us.  Communities of theological friendship are places where pastors can live in strong relationship with one another, experiencing the union we are given in Christ, down in the details of our lives. 

 Communities of theological friendship are small groups, where each group member can both speak to and hear the others.  Such communities meet over time – because life happens over time, not all in an instant.  We don’t know in advance what next week will bring, so we build relationships now that will carry us in whatever next week may bring.  Communities of theological friendship gather in the presence of God, so they pray and worship together, confident that God is part of their community and will be present.  They intentionally talk about God, and the created order, and the relationship between the two.  In this way these communities are places to speak the faith, members hearing one another into to clearer, stronger witness to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

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