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Four Questions About Flourishing for Your Community

December 20, 2013



As is often the case, helping others (or ourselves) flourish starts with asking questions. Consider these four questions to focus on flourishing for those in your own community:

  1. Is cultural power growing in my community? When the government keeps unemployed people dependent on handouts, it grows by sucking power away power from recipients. When people get job training and become capable of providing for their families and making a contribution to the community, on the other hand, they grow in a kind of power that enables their families and community to flourish.
  2. Does my community prize charity or merely “humanitarianism”? Miller says humanitarianism is the habit of providing handout after handout, which actually disempowers recipients because it disincentivizes them to be productive. Charity, on the other hand, seeks the good for the other person: that he is able to be productive in his own right.
  3. Are people around me reflecting the nature of God? In whatever their callings, are those around you being set free to demonstrate characteristics of the imago Dei: creativity, order, responsibility, kindness, generosity, reconciliation?
  4. Who in my community is flourishing? How can they help others who aren’t? Perhaps that looks like a local mentoring program, a church discipleship group, or a monthly get-together of certain people over lunch. Is there a way those who are struggling can learn to prosper from those who are flourishing? How can you facilitate that?

From Jeff Myers at Summit Ministries

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