The Koinonia Proposal
by Doug Gebhard, Interim Pastor (PDF version)

"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship [koinonia], to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” (Acts 2.42-44)


Introduction

The New Testament Greek word κοινωνια is commonly translated as “communion,” “fellowship” and “partnership.” The Apostle Paul used this word when he offered a blessing (“communion of the Holy Spirit”) to the Church. Communion, fellowship and partnership are central to the Church’s identity. As a congregation journeys through the interim process, they have an opportunity to create a new identity as the Spirit guides and leads them into the future.

Purpose of the Proposal

–To create opportunities for the congregation to live out the covenant God established in baptism, to grow in the Spirit using their gifts in daily living, and to be the body of Christ in and for the world.

Living into Koinonia

–Participate in regular learning opportunities. Members to engage in at least one class or learning session at the church every week.

––Join/form a prayer group. A church in regular prayer is a people in communion with God. During the interim, especially when the pastoral search committee is working, prayer centers and sustains the faithful.

–Celebrate the Lord’s Supper monthly. Observance of Communion on a regular basis bears witness to the centrality of the sacrament in the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition. In that tradition, the Lord’s Supper is called a “means of grace” which seals  the covenant God has established with us in baptism.

–Gather in fellowship following the Lord’s Supper. A time of sharing food and companionship after worship on Sundays the Lord’s Supper is observed can promote community and goodwill.

–Help those in need with hands-on projects. The first Christians were known for their generosity to the poor and their compassion to the outcast. As this church seeks new pastoral leadership for itself, it should also direct its energy outward and be apostles of love to the least of the world.