Friday, March 12, 2010

Community for Dummies

Not that long ago, yellow "Dummies" books were all the rage.  I had in mind to write a parody of such a book for Fuller back when I was a student.  One of the hot topics on campus then (perhaps it still is among students now?) was "community."  So, why not do a "Community for Dummies"?  Here's a sampling:

Lesson 1: Get Out of the House!

This may seem an obvious point to many, but the fact is that it is impossible to have community when there are no other people present. Just sitting at home by yourself is a sure-fire way NOT to build community. While it is true that the internet is a valuable tool that can be used to communicate with people while sitting at your computer in your underwear, it is not intended to be a substitute for actually going outside and meeting people face-to-face (but please put some clothes on first!).

Lesson 2: Say "Hi!"

OK. So you’ve made the step of placing yourself in an environment where there are people around. Now, initiate contact! Walk up to someone and introduce yourself. Please remember that this is NOT an internet chat room anymore! Telling someone you meet face-to-face "Hi! I’m ‘Spock4Prez@geek.com’" will not leave a favorable impression on the person you wish to build community with. Try using your real name. Trust us, it works!

Lesson 3: The Art of Conversation at Fuller

DOs DON’Ts
What classes are you taking? I worship Satan.
How did you come to Fuller? Ministry is for losers.
What is your call? I think God is a figment of your imagination.

However, it should be noted that even these "DON’Ts" can have positive community building results, because people will be so concerned for your spiritual welfare that they will constantly pray for you and spend time with you to help you "see the light." The important thing is that you actually do have conversations.

Perhaps it's just as well that I never got around to writing any more....

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