God desires that the Church engage in mutual, reciprocal sharing of our life in Christ with one another. These resources can help you promote true fellowship.
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Articles About Fellowship
- All Sorts of People in the Church
- Does True Fellowship Need to be Restored in the Church?
- Church Fellowship Ideas in a High Tech, Low Touch World
- Getting Disillusioned People to Open Themselves to True Fellowship
- Ideas for Getting Busy People to Engage in True Fellowship
- Stressed Out People Need True Fellowship
- The Church is a Community
- The Church's Purpose to Love People Is Expressed Through Fellowship
- True Body Life Results in Fellowship
Books about Loving Relationships Essential to Christian Fellowship
- A God-Centered Church: Experiencing God Together by Henry Blackaby, Melvin Blackaby
- Body Life by Ray Stedman
- Community 101 by Gilbert Bilezikian
- Connecting by Larry Crabb
- Encouragement Changes Everything: Bless and Be Blessed by John C. Maxwell
- Everybody's Normal 'Til You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg
- Lasting Impressions: From Visiting to Belonging by Mark Waltz
- The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
- The Relationship Principles of Jesus by Tom Holladay
- The Connecting Church by Randy Frazee
Community Building Ideas
Some of these books contain questions & activities to get people talking. Talk might start shallow with some of these but has the potential to go deeper.
- 101 Great Ideas to Create a Caring Group by Thom Corrigan
- 201 Great Questions by Jerry Jones
- Groupbuilder Games and Activities for Youth Ministry by Group Publishing
- Building Community in Youth Groups by Denny Rydberg (although intended for youth, many of the ideas can work well with adults)
- Youth Group Trust Builders by Denny Rydberg (although intended for youth, many of the ideas can work well with adults)
- Groupbuilders: 50 High-Impact Ideas to Revolutionize Your Adult Ministry by Group Publishing
- Fun Friend-Making Activities for Adult Groups by Karen Dockrey
- Ice-Breakers and Heart-Warmers: 101 Ways to Kickoff and End Meetings by Steve Sheely
- Jump Starts and Soft Landings: 101 More Ways to Kick-Off & End Meetings by Steve Sheely
- Ice Breakers & Openers: To Inspire Youth on CD-ROM by Walt Marcum
- Fresh Ideas: Games, CrowdBreakers, & Community Builders by Jim Burns
- Have You Ever...? 450 Intriguing Questions by Les Christie
- Would You Rather . . . ? 465 Questions to Get Teens Talking by Doug Fields
- More Would You Rather...?: 465 Additional Questions by Doug Fields
- Teachers Either Block or Promote Community Worksheet by Ministry Tools Resource Center
Curriculum & Bible Study Books For Teaching About Fellowship
- Ephesians: Building a Community in Christ, John Stott Bible Study by John Stott
- Christian Community, LifeGuide Topical Bible Studies by Rob Suggs
- Experiencing Community, Pilgrimage Growth Guide by Thom Corrigan
- Practical Issues in the Book of Philippians Discussion Guide by Ministry Tools Resource Center
- Connecting with God's Family by Brett Eastman & Karen Lee-Thorp
May your church experience true community. Use these fellowship resources to promote loving relationships with one another but understand the vital role of the Holy Spirit in bringing us together in Christ (Phil. 2:1).