Week 3: INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY
Every summer, every Project Transformation intern lives in communal housing with their peers and experiences daily devotions, weekly worship and Bible study, team bonding, and community meals. In addition to their work with the children and youth, this “rule of life” in community is one of the most transformative experiences. Here’s what we believe about intentional community at Project Transformation:
Catch the vision of Project Transformation and take time to build community!
LEARN: The Missional Wisdom Foundation provides opportunities to learn how to live in intentional community and how to develop missional communities to help the church become more faithful in bearing the gospel into the world. To learn more about the innovative work of Missional Wisdom Foundation, visit their website!
ACT: Come break bread with Project Transformation interns at dinner! Call your local chapter for details. If there’s not a chapter near you, invite your neighbors and friends to break bread with you one night during the week. Eat, drink and be merry knowing that God will show up at the table.
REFLECT: Take a moment to practice Ignatian imaginative prayer. Read the Scripture twice, slowing down and paying attention to the story and to the words used.
22 As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.” 26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
Now, reflect on the following: Imagine yourself at the ancient communion table with Jesus and the disciples…what do you smell, taste, feel, and hear? What words or phrases stand out to you and why? What “rules of life” did Jesus and the disciples practice together? Which disciple do you relate to most and why? What hymn do you hear Jesus singing to you?