Why do we feel so alone and lost? More and more people are feeling isolated, missed, and unknown, and yet the church seems to be one of the main culprits in creating this ethos. We need to be about creating healthy, honest, and authentic communities that are safe places for people to know and be known. In Meeting Christ Together
, Peter Holmes and Susan Williams explain exactly what that looks like and how we can create "salugenic" or healthy relationships within the context of authentic community. They explain how a salugenic community is the network built by a group of people who are consistently experiencing life together, and it is a community that is committed to encouraging ongoing transformational change. Salugenic community is built on three assumptions:
- If Christ is present in our relationships with each other, that should make a radical difference.
- Such relationships provoke transformative change.
- And, when these relationships are achieved, everyone notices the difference.
Susan B. Williams (PhD) is a business consultant and trainer. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is a founding member of Christ Church Deal in Kent.
Peter Holmes has combined a career in business and management consultancy with service in the church and international mission. He holds an MA in pastoral psychology and a doctorate in therapeutic faith community. He has worked in Christian mission in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe specializing in helping people find deeper wholeness in Christ. He has developed a therapeutic discipleship program available in seminars, and books such as , and . He has joint responsibility for teaching, preaching, and pastoral care at Christ Church Deal, Kent, UK, the fifth church he has helped to plant.
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