Building Christian community

November 20th, 2008

I was just preparing my last assignment and I came across this passage in Thomas Oden’s book “Pastoral Theology: Essentials of Ministry”. Something about it resonated within me. I thought I would share it…

The Christian community is a covenant community bonded not by race or blood or kinship but by a covenant with God and spiritual relationship to Christ. Jesus regarded His disciples as sisters and brothers, the Christian community as a nurturing family, and the faithful as children of God. In a local congregation the Pastor is called to encourage and guide this family in spirit, to care for each member and to wisely parent this process, seeking to help each member of the family of faith grow to fuller maturity (p.188)