what is koinonia?

Hi, thank you for visiting! You might be wondering what that strange word is in the title of this blog…

The word Koinonia or κοινωνία in Greek is pronounced [koy- noh- nee- ah].

Koinonia means intimate fellowship; community; real connection with transparency and trust.

I am learning that life is better when it is lived within community. It is important to allow the people who love you and know you to speak into your life. To learn from the successes and failures of those around you and to be able to follow their example is a gift; a treasure that only comes from intimate and transparent community.

One way that my husband and I try to encourage koinonia is a monthly party. Parties with good food are catalysts to community. We throw a party, along with a handful of our friends, for anybody that wants to show up. There is an announcement/invitation from the stage during our Sunday church gathering, that anyone who wants to get more connected to community can come to the party. There is no hidden agenda, we are simply making ourselves available on a regular basis to meet and spend time with people for the sake of loving and serving others. We have seen God work in huge ways through these parties. Making people feel welcomed, loved, and worth your time and resources seems to be step one in breaking down barriers and getting to really know someone.

community party

community

My husband and I  have been blessed with an amazing community of people who truly love us. We both seek to be transparent, available, and real with our relationships. We have amazing parents on each side that love us and support us, and friends that bless us beyond words.

We meet weekly with a group of friends to share a meal together. We call this group our “missional community”, we spend time together, pray for each other, support each other, and have fun together. As a group, our focus is on two things: loving God and loving others. We encourage each other to step out of our comfort zones and be real, from pursuing genuine relationships, to praying for daily opportunities to display kindness and generosity.

Living in community is not a program, or something you add to your already busy schedule. We simply do life together with our eyes intentionally fixed on Jesus.

Thank you for visiting.

– Kelsey

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:9-10

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