3 Conversation Starters to Help Build Community
A Kindred piece by Kaleigh Hamilton-Bishop
We all want community. We all want a safe place to be heard and known. Yet we don’t always reach out to the people around us. Why is that?
I have found that the answer is stupid simple: we just don’t know where to start! As basic and foundational as a desire for community is, we sometimes struggle with simply starting. So here are three questions to ask to help build community! Grab a few people, invite them to coffee or to chat on the phone, and walk through these three questions. You’ll start to see vulnerability and community being forged right then and there.
What is something you have read, seen, listened to, or heard that spoke to you? This could be a book, a song, a sermon, a quote, a painting, a dance: the list is never ending! This question is a way to teach us to become more aware of our surroundings and to be looking for the unique ways that the Holy Spirit speaks to us!
Give a quick life update! What is going on in your life that you are currently excited about, looking forward to, or nervous about? This questions builds vulnerability and gives the opportunity for follow up!
How can I be praying for you? This question may seem redundant, and could be answered during the second question, but it’s always a good idea to ask!
Final thoughts: a leader will never ask someone to do something that they themselves are not willing to do. Sometimes the best way to create an opportunity for honest discussion and vulnerability is to be honest and vulnerable yourself first! Lead by example and answer these questions yourself before asking someone else to share their answers with you.