As fall comes my church, like many others, start again what is called “small groups”, “missional groups”, “Bible study groups”. Preparing for our own group, I was reminded of this post from 2017. Thought it might be worth sharing again.
In Christian circles we love to talk about fellowship. When we announce church events, we often try to encourage everyone to attend by talking about the opportunity we will have to “have fellowship with one another.” There is the weekly/monthly/annual fellowship meal.
And, of course, when summer comes we often have the church picnic.
Most every church has a fellowship hall.
Or, a coffee bar.
According to Webster’s dictionary fellowship is:
a community of interest, activity, feeling, or experience; meaningful communication for building trust and fellowship
While this definition could be used for activities not related to church, we usually do not hear the secular world using this term. When was the last time your coworkers invited you to join them after work at the local bar or restaurant so you could have “fellowship?” When was the last time your boss offered a fellowship meal for the employees?
In the church…
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