Perhaps one of the aspects of my YAV and post-YAV years that I have missed the most recently has been that of the intentional Christian community that forms during the time of service. I recognize that this takes form in many different ways: everyone living in the same house, learning how to move around and with one another; being deliberate about getting together in one place on a regular basis; seeking out shared experiences of growth and nurture.
Coming out of my YAV experience, I was very mindful of the gift such intentional community meant, and had hoped (with some naivete) that it would naturally continue to occur as a Christian, and as someone going into the clergy. Fast-forward a few years, and I recognize that a blessing such as community does not naturally occur, but needs to be created.
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