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I borrowed this from a blog post titled Retreats in “real life”

Simply put, we need to seek each other out and do life together, reaching past the afterglow of the speaker’s message at retreat. As leaders, we need to facilitate that connection by loving our students intentionally, encouraging developing friendships.

I like this quote because it boils down the need of community to a simple statement, doing life together. This shows itself to be an elemental need wether you are a person of faith or not. Speaking as an introvert by nature, even we need other introverts and the occasional extrovert (notice this is not plural, if you are a true introvert, one extrovert goes a long way) to do life with.

Sometimes I think the problem is the emphasis we place on the idea of the personal relationship with Jesus. We get so caught up on the singular aspect of “Jesus and I” that we forget about the need to be in community with each other. Community is how we flourish and grow both physically, mentally, and spiritually together.

Throughout the bible, especially in the Jewish culture, community was a given. Even to the extent of biblical study. The Hebrew word haverim means “students who gather together to grapple with the text”. Students are literally together debating and challenging the meaning behind biblical text in order to develop a deeper understanding and interpretation.

With college students, the need for stronger relationships exist. That’s why off campus, spiritual retreats can be so effective, quality time with each other away from cell phones, computers, homework, and social media. Our challenge comes in maintaining the bonds that develop when we return to class and the busy-ness of life. Whether your in your church or a college ministry, find those people you can trust and do life together! Make it a priority to set aside the time necessary to be with other believers.

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