The Nurturing Communities Network is driven by the conviction that the flourishing of intentional Christian communities depends on relationship to older, more established communities.
Older Communities mentoring Newer communities
Like the parabolic seed sown in shallow soil, most new communities don't last more than a few years. They wither under the strain of inexperienced leadership, undeveloped communal structures, or just plain spiritual burnout.
Even though every community is unique, all communities undergo similar trials on their path to maturity. Nothing is as sustaining for young communities as having elder communities walk alongside them, bearing their burdens and sharing wisdom.
In turn, older communities need renewal by the vitality of the new generation.
Elder Communities offering MEntoring
The communities featured below are a few of the elder communities who have stepped forward to share their experience with novice communities around the continent. Most of them of them have been around for more than a decade – some as long as a century.
This mentoring comes through building relationships through visiting the communities, phone calls and setting up a community visitation that serves as a community health check up.
Together they represent hundreds of years of communal experience. The profiles below give some sense of the types of mature mentoring communities represented in the NCN.