Will told me the story of relocating his family to be part of a church that takes community seriously. After a year in the new location, he met with one of his pastors to talk about how things were going. Life was good, Will reflected, and he was grateful for the welcome that he and his family had received at the new church. But he wasn’t sure that he was experiencing the community he had expected. Frankly, Will had hoped for more.
The pastor listened to his misgivings, then asked how long Will and his family had been there. “About a year,” he replied.
“Then I guess you’ve got about a year’s worth of community,” his pastor said matter-of-factly. “Stay another year and you’ll have two years’ worth. Stay thirty and you might find some of what you’re looking for.”
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