So, you’re one who’s looking for connection at church. You’re making the effort: You have a small group. You show up most Sundays. You engage in the worship, the teaching. But somehow, you’re not connecting with anybody. What’s the deal? Author and pastor Ben Connelly has some encouragement, actually a map. His latest book is A Field Guide to Genuine Community—25 Days & 101 Ways to Move from Façade to Family. Ben joins the team to talk about the upside of Covid; we’re willing to admit more than ever that we need each other.
Then, what genuine community looks like and how we get there—it has a lot to do with walking with fewer people more deeply. Next, it’s not about launching a new program, it’s about injecting one-another DNA. Then, maybe you’re afraid of getting too close, making yourself too vulnerable. Next, what genuine community for Ben and then for Perry looks like; it’s probably not what you think! Finally, we need to be intentional to connect in a large gathering, but it’s so much easier to run for the door when the large gathering is over!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.