So what do these trends tell us?
One the one hand
it's amazing to realize that more and more people have access to knowledge than ever before. The weather forecast, global news, e-books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, opinion articles, banking tools, pictures of your neighbors cat taking a nap......are all just the swipe of the screen or touch of a button away. There literally is an APP for nearly everything....even your
church has an APP
for goodness sake.
On the other hand the "connectivity" brought through technology has it's limits. I would agree that we are living in the age of hyper-connectivity, it's just that what we are "hyper" connected to is
information not necessarily one another.
In fact, a great deal of research is being done about the negative impact increased technology and social media usage can have on people. A recent study from the University of illinois has found that high engagement with mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-aged students
(read the full article here)
Through all of the research being done one thing is clear - the
need for authentic human connection remains critical. In a society where it is easier than ever to retreat into our own little "worlds" and isolate ourselves from others, the church can and should have a powerful role to play in fostering authentic community.
The vision of Prince of Peace is
to restore the world with grace & peace. We need to stay mindful of the reality that the worlds restoration includes calibrating lives from an individualized focus towards the communal.
Simply put, at it's best the church of Jesus Christ
connects people to:
- One another
- The local community
- The needs of others around the globe
In an effort to help our community live into our value of connection we invite you to come and explore our "Connect Weekends" this weekend and next. Consider it an opportunity to learn more about the different opportunities God has provided for you through Prince of Peace to live amore "connected" life of faith!
Our hope through connect weekends is that everyone in the community would:
FIND A GROUP
(to form community)
- Grace Groups
- Craft Groups
- Music Groups
- Social Groups
- Youth Groups
JOIN A TEAM
(to serve with others)
- Welcome Team
- Worship Team
- Youth Team
- Kids Team
- Property Team
- Care Team
- Events Team
- Media Team
- Community & Global Team
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend as together we live into our shared mission and vision. My prayer is that this fall will be a season where deep and fruitful relationships are formed.
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13